Hard Work Paying Off For Rondon

Despite solid career numbers, Francisco Rondon has pitched in relative obscurity since signing back in 2005. Pitching three years in the short-season leagues prior to this season will do that, however, but now the left-hander is seeing his hard work pay off with solid numbers in Staten Island.

The surging Staten Island Yankees have had all the pieces to put together a winning season from day one, but have just started to fit it all together.

Quality starting pitching and timely hitting have not always showed up at the same time this season and the team has been plagued by errors all year. One of the team's steady spots has been Francisco Rondon, a lefty in the rotation who has posted a 1.85 ERA overall and 1.57 ERA in July.

Rondon is quick to credit his success to the work he put in during the winter as well as the instruction he received during Spring Training.

"I feel really good right now because of the work I did in the winter in the Dominican Republic," he said with the help of a translator. "And I got a lot of help from the pitching coaches in Spring Training."

Rondon focused much of his time since last season honing his offspeed pitches and getting his mechanics together on the mound.

"I needed to work on my mechanics and my delivery this year, and how to better throw a slider and curveball. It's something I've been able to improve, especially the slider."

The slider was always a reliable pitch for Rondon, being able to use it as his out-pitch, but the 21-year-old stresses his increased reliability on that pitch in strikeout situations.

"It's a pitch I can rely on. My fastball sits at 90-92, depending on how I am feeling, but the slider is there, especially when I need to strike someone out."

Having a little trouble with control in previous seasons, the Dominican native had posted a 2-1 record in 9 games with the GCL Yankees last season. This year his ERA is down almost two points and Rondon underscores the work he had to put in to get where he is this year.

"I've been putting all the pieces together and the coaches have pushed me to get better. Being surrounded by all the great advice that I have listened to and taken in, it has helped me get better."

Last year GCL Yankees manager Jody Reed stressed Rondon's need for consistency and Rondon has listened, agreeing wholeheartedly that sometimes he needed to slow everything down and focus on what he knows he can do on the mound.

"It's true, very true. I just need to be able to work hard and concentrate on my mechanics and delivery. That and staying healthy will see the year through."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe surging Staten Island Yankees have had all the pieces to put together a winning season from day one, but have just started to fit it all together.
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\r\nQuality starting pitching and timely hitting have not always showed up at the same time this season and the team has been plagued by errors all year. One of the team's steady spots has been Francisco Rondon, a lefty in the rotation who has posted a 1.85 ERA overall and 1.57 ERA in July.
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\r\nRondon is quick to credit his success to the work he put in during the winter as well as the instruction he received during Spring Training.
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\r\n\"I feel really good right now because of the work I did in the winter in the Dominican Republic,\" he said with the help of a translator. \"And I got a lot of help from the pitching coaches in Spring Training.\"
\r\n
\r\nRondon focused much of his time since last season honing his offspeed pitches and getting his mechanics together on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"I needed to work on my mechanics and my delivery this year, and how to better throw a slider and curveball. It's something I've been able to improve, especially the slider.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe slider was always a reliable pitch for Rondon, being able to use it as his out-pitch, but the 21-year-old stresses his increased reliability on that pitch in strikeout situations.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a pitch I can rely on. My fastball sits at 90-92, depending on how I am feeling, but the slider is there, especially when I need to strike someone out.\"
\r\n
\r\nHaving a little trouble with control in previous seasons, the Dominican native had posted a 2-1 record in 9 games with the GCL Yankees last season. This year his ERA is down almost two points and Rondon underscores the work he had to put in to get where he is this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been putting all the pieces together and the coaches have pushed me to get better. Being surrounded by all the great advice that I have listened to and taken in, it has helped me get better.\"
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\r\nLast year GCL Yankees manager Jody Reed stressed Rondon's need for consistency and Rondon has listened, agreeing wholeheartedly that sometimes he needed to slow everything down and focus on what he knows he can do on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's true, very true. I just need to be able to work hard and concentrate on my mechanics and delivery. That and staying healthy will see the year through.\"
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