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Despite having been sent down yesterday to “regroup”, there are those who argue that the Twins should be patient with Liam Hendriks:
By Tim Arcand
Starting Pitcher Liam Hendriks
He came close on Tuesday in Detroit when the Twins handed him a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning, but three straight hits ended his night with only four innings pitched. His record is currently 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA in eight starts.
The success will come.
Since signing Hendriks as an undrafted free agent in 2007 as an 18-year-old high school player, he has found success at every level in the Twins minor league organization.
At Triple-A Rochester this season he is 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA. Over the past two seasons at this level he is 9-4 record with a 3.29 ERA. Over his six minor league seasons he is 34-17 with a 2.69 ERA.
There’s enough promise with Hendriks to let him work it out at the major league level, provided it doesn’t affect his confidence.
It took Frank Viola five seasons to even his record as a starter to 63-64. He started his career with a 11-25 record and a 5.38 ERA in his first two seasons.
After all the chances the Twins have given Nick Blackburn and Francisco Liriano, there’s no reason to pull the plug on Hendriks yet.
Shelley Duncan’s two-run shot off starter Liam Hendriks gave the Indians a two-run lead but the Twins fought back to send the game to extra innings, and it was Rene Tosoni’s solo shot in the 10th that proved to be the 6-4 game-winner.
Liam threw 6 innings for the Twins giving up 4 runs on 7 hits.
He is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA since being called up Sept. 6.
Liam Hendriks pitched eight strong innings to lead the Rochester Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Liam made a brilliant start. He pitched eight innings, allowed only one run, and just four men to reach base on three hits and a plunk. He struck out six batters, including the side in the eighth inning, and didn’t walk any batter.
It was Liam’s 4th win in AAA giving him a W, 4-4 record at AAA and W, 12-6 overall and a 4.56 ERA.
Steve Lein writing for the Twins blog Gear Up for Twins Baseball seems to think he just might be the top prospect in the Twins organisation:
Liam Hendriks on the other hand, for the second year in a row has been dominating, and earned a promotion to Rochester where he has (predictably) needed some time to adjust. At double-A New Britain, Hendriks started 15 games and went 8-2 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, struck out nearly a batter per inning, and was selected to play in this years’ Futures Game for the World Team (actually the second straight year this has happened). In 8 starts with Rochester, he’s made 5 quality starts, but has also surrendered 7 and 6 earned runs in 2 games that inflate his 5.23 ERA. In his last start Hendriks pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 0 BB’s, and 0 runs while striking out 5 vs. the Washington Nationals top affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. If [top prospect Kyle Gibson] has to undergo surgery Hendriks is your new top Twins pitching prospect.
The Rochester Red Wings were beaten by the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 5-3 despite Luke Hughes hitting his 4th home run of the season in the 7th. Liam Hendriks was tagged with the loss giving up 2 runs on 6 hits in his 6 innings leaving him with W,2-3 record.
The TwinkieTown blog has listed Liam Hendriks in its top 10 candidates for the Twins 2012 rotation:
Hendriks strikes me as a potential rotation candidate next spring. As far as I know he hasn’t encountered any health issues this season, and he’s posting another effective and successful season in the minor leagues. I’d go so far as to say that, of all the Twins starters in the minors, Hendriks has the best chance to make it into the rotation first.
Shane threw 2INN, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3K in another effective outing leaving him with an impressive 2.02 ERA. Shane has not given up a run in his last 7 games, a total of 10 consecutive scoreless innings. Reports were that he was throwing in the mid to high 90′s. We are predicting a call up in September.
Liam Hendriks had one of those days today. He conceded 8 runs [7 earned] on 8 hits in his 2 innings for the Rochester Red Wings in their 1-9 loss to the Norfolk Tides with Liam taking the loss. His team mate Luke Hughes was 1-4.
Mark Trau gave up 2 walks but was once again effective in throwing a scoreless inning for the GCL Twins in their 6-8 loss to the Red Sox whilst Joshua Hendricks did his best to help the cause with 2 hits, 1 run and 1RBI and Jacob Younis went 1-4, scoring 1 run.
Mark has an impressive 1.26ERA. He has not given up a run in his last 7 outings throwing consecutively 11.1 scoreless innings.
Josh and Jacob are hitting .273 and .243 respectively.
The Blue Jays outhit the GCL Pirates 19/7 in a one sided affair today with the final score, 13-5, reflecting that offensive dominance. Jackson Lodge and Wilson Lee were both involved for the Pirates. Wilson had the better day. Coming on to close out the game in the 7th he threw 1.1 scoreless innings for 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K whilst Jackson gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, a walk and struck out 2 in his 1.1 innings of work. Catcher Dylan Child went 1-4, scoring 1 run.
Liam Hendriks survived a rude 1st inning when he gave up 3 runs on 5 singles to eventually prevail and earn his 1st win in AAA.
Settling down after being initially roughed up he proceeded to keep Louisville scoreless for the next 5 innings allowing the Rochester Red Wings to prevail 11-3. His line was 6INN, 8H, 3R, 1BB, 3Ks.
Luke Hughes went 0-3, 1R with 1RBI.
Liam Hendriks allowed two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut Tuesday, leading Rochester to a 3-2 win over Durham. At one point, he retired 10 straight Bulls reports David Heck at MiLB.
Hendricks, known for his control, struck out three without issuing a walk.
“I did well,” he said. “I fell behind a little bit in the middle going. I left a few pitches up when I got a little tired. But overall I threw pretty well, kept the hitters off-balance, which is always nice.”
After a perfect first inning, Hendriks allowed a single to a Dan Johnson and a double to Russ Canzler to start the second. He induced a popout from Ray Olmedo, but surrendered his first run on a groundout by John Matulia.
The native of Australia again ran into trouble in the third, when he yielded back-to-back one-out singles to Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer. He got out of the frame by generating a double play off the bat of Felipe Lopez to start the run of 10 straight.
“Just staying ahead, mixing the fastball in and out,” Hendricks said. “I threw a couple sliders just to show it. Pretty much all I threw was fastballs. I just don’t think they were expecting that, so it worked for me.”
Signed as an non-drafted free agent in 2007, Hendriks posted a combined 1.74 ERA across two levels last year, though an appendectomy kept him out for almost six weeks. The 22-year-old right-hander put together a 2.70 ERA in 90 innings for Double-A New Britain this season, striking out 81 while walking just 18.
“Keeping hitters off-balance, that’s really what I did well,” Hendricks said. “And I did well in damage control. I was able to limit damage with runners on.”
Hendriks said his aim with Rochester is to continue doing the things that have made him successful in the Minors so far.
“Just keep pitching well, keep throwing quality starts and hopefully keep winning,” he said. “Hopefully, we can have a good second half of the season. Keep doing well — just getting ahead and limiting runs. Keeping account of walks, which I was doing OK at in New Britain. And hopefully I can keep that keep doing that in Rochester.”