Antonio Rondon Senzatela…resides in Valencia, Venezuela in the offseason … married to Vanessa Carolina Garcia Iraci, and together they have a son, Thiago...Son of Antonio Senzatela and Nidya Yusbelis Rondon…his mother Nidya passed away due to cancer in July 2016…has two older sisters, María and Yesica, and one younger sister, Antonella...Began playing baseball at the age of four…his dad bought him his first glove, and his grandfather, a carpenter, made him a tiny wooden bat he used to love to swing...Attended school at Alonso Díaz Moreno and Virgen de las Nieves, both located in Valenica, Venezuela.
Led the Rockies’ pitching staff both in wins (five) and ERA (3.44) across 12 starts...Went 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA (34.1 IP, 8 ER), five walks and 19 strikeouts across five home starts…on the road, went 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA (39.0 IP, 20 ER), 13 walks and 22 strikeouts...Pitched Colorado’s only complete game of the season on Sept. 15 vs. Oakland … it was the first complete game for a Rockies pitcher at home since Jon Gray’s complete-game shutout on Sept. 17, 2016 vs. San Diego...One of three pitchers with multiple outings of eight or more innings (also: Kyle Hendricks, Aaron Nola)...Made two scoreless outings (8.0 innings, Aug. 18 at Houston; 7.0 innings, Aug. 29 vs. San Diego) … no other Rockies starter had a start in which he pitched seven or more scoreless innings...Made five starts in which he allowed one or fewer runs, all against teams that advanced to the postseason…pitched at least six innings in each of those starts...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the seventh Rockies pitcher since 2000 to win his first three starts of the season.
Won a career-high 11 games in 25 starts, tied for the second-most starts on the club ... Made his third career Opening Day roster, but began the season on the 10-day injured list with a blister infection in his right heel … reinstated on April 15 and made 18 starts before being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 21 ... recalled on Aug. 25 and finished the season on the Rockies' active roster ... His 99 runs allowed tied for the fourth most in the National League … his 93 earned runs the second most in the league ... Went 8-7 with a 6.29 ERA (93.0 IP, 65 ER) in 18 starts before being optioned on July 21 … allowed 21 runs across 11 innings (17.18 ERA) in three starts prior to his option ... Went 3-4 with a 7.96 ERA (31.2 IP, 28 ER) in seven starts after he was recalled on Aug. 25 ... Earned the win July 14 vs. Cincinnati at Coors Field despite allowing eight runs across 5.1 innings ... became the second pitcher in franchise history to allow at least eight runs and still earn the win (also: Brian Bohanon, June 9, 1999 vs. Seattle) ... the first pitcher in MLB to win while allowing at least eight runs since Cliff Lee at Texas on March 31, 2014 as a member of the Phillies ... Allowed at least five runs in seven consecutive games June 28-Sept. 4, the longest streak in franchise history ... Won consecutive games Sept. 11 vs. St. Louis and Sept. 16 vs. New York-NL ... his win on Sept. 11 was his first since July 14, snapping his career-high four-game losing streak ... Went 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA (34.0 IP, 13 ER) in six June starts ... four wins in the month tied for third most in the Majors, while his .800 winning percentage was tied for seventh ... his 3.44 ERA was second on the club to Jon Gray's 2.64 mark ... HIs five quality starts at home were the second most on the club ... made three consecutive quality starts at home, May 12-June 2 ... Made seven total starts for Triple-A Albuquerque, including two rehab starts to begin the season ... went 1-1 with a 5.77 ERA (34.1 IP, 22 ER) overall.
In 23 appearances with the Rockies, went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA (90.1 IP, 44 ER), 30 walks and 69 strikeouts ... As a starter, went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA (73.0 IP, 32 ER) … made 10 relief appearances, going 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA (17.1 IP, 12 ER), six walks and 14 strikeouts, before being optioned to Triple-A on May 2 ... According to STATS, on April 27 at Miami, became the first relief pitcher in Rockies history and the first in the Major Leagues since Joe Niekro on Aug. 23, 1980 to earn the win and drive in the game's only run in a 1-0 victory … it was also the first game in Rockies history in which all runs were driven in by a relief pitcher ... In eight games with Triple-A Albuquerque, went 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA (37.2 IP, 9 ER), 30 walks and 69 strikeouts ... Made his first career postseason appearance, starting Game 1 of the NLDS at Milwaukee … pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and made his Major League debut on April 6 vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park ... Went 10-5 with a 4.68 (134.2 IP, 70 ER) across 20 starts and 16 relief appearances … his 102 strikeouts the 11th-most by a Rockies rookie in a single season ... As a starter, went 10-5 with a 5.03 ERA (111.0 IP, 62 ER) with 39 walks and 79 strikeouts ... National League Rookie of the Month for April, after going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA (32.0 IP, 10 ER) in five starts … finished the month first among Major League rookie starting pitchers in ERA and innings pitched, tied for first in wins and tied for fourth in strikeouts ... Pitched seven innings in three consecutive starts from April 11-22, becoming the first Rockies pitcher since Jhoulys Chacin in 2013 (four starts) to accomplish the feat ... Pitched eight shutout innings May 26 vs. St. Louis, allowing five hits with no walks and three strikeouts ... Moved to the bullpen for the month of September … as a reliever, received no decisions and recorded a 3.04 ERA (23.2 IP, 8 ER) with eight walks and 23 strikeouts in 16 appearances ... His 10 wins were tied for third-most among Major League rookie pitchers (also: Parker Bridwell, Los AngelesAL) … ranked first among rookies with a .667 winning percentage.
Went 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA (34.2 IP, 7 ER) for Double-A Hartford across seven starts,spending much of the year on the disabled list...On the 7-day disabled list from April 17 to May 23 and again from June 22 through the rest of the season with a right shoulder strain … pitched two times in the month of April, two times in May and three times in June...Was 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA (15.0 IP, 1 ER) in three June starts … made his final start on June 15, allowing one hit with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings...Went 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA (22.0 IP, 2 ER) in four starts at home … was 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA (12.2 IP, 5 ER) in three starts on the road.
Went 9-9 with a 2.51 ERA (154.0 IP, 43 ER) across 26 starts for High-A Modesto and was named as the California League's Pitcher of the Year…Was named a Baseball America High Class A All-Star…Became a Mid-Season All-Star after going 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (72.1 IP, 19 ER), 56 hits, five home runs, 18 walks and 71 strikeouts over 13 first-half starts…At the conclusion of the season, was named a Post-Season All-Star after going 5-6 with a 2.64 ERA (81.2 IP, 24 ER), 75 hits, five home runs, 15 walks and 72 strikeouts over 13 second-half starts…Pitched a season-high eight innings in two consecutive starts, July 18 vs. Lake Elsinore and July 24 at Visalia.
Started 26 games for Low-A Asheville in his third professional season, going 15-2 with a 3.11 ERA (144.2 IP, 50 ER) ... Led the South Atlantic League with 15 wins ... Went 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA (73.1 IP, 15 ER) in 13 second-half starts ... Named MiLB.com Organization All-Star and was ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Rockies organization by Baseball America.
Began the season with the Dominican Summer League Rockies before joining Short-Season Tri-City July 21 ... Went 6-1 with a 1.76 ERA (51.0 IP, 10 ER), 32 hits, one home run, three walks and 46 strikeouts for the DSL Rockies, including a 4-0 record at home with a 1.07 ERA (33.2 IP, 4 ER), 18 hits, one walk and 32 strikeouts ... Went 2-4 with a 3.83 ERA (42.1 IP, 18 ER) with 48 hits, one home run, 13 walks and 20 strikeouts in eight starts for Tri-City.
Made his professional debut with the DSL Rockies and made 12 starts and one relief appearance ... Went 5-2 with a team-leading 0.72 ERA (62.2 IP, 5 ER) with 40 hits, 14 walks and 35 strikeouts.