Kyle Hendricks

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Kyle Hendricks
Chicago Cubs – No. 28
Starting pitcher
Born: (1989-12-07) December 7, 1989 (age 29)
San Juan Capistrano, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through May 16, 2016)
Win–loss record 18–13
Earned run average 3.39
Strikeouts 259
Teams

Kyle Christian Hendricks (born December 7, 1989), nicknamed "The Professor," is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career

Hendricks attended Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but did not sign and instead chose to attend Dartmouth College.[1][2][3] He played college baseball for the Dartmouth Big Green under head coach Bob Whalen. In his junior year, Hendricks pitched to a 6-3 win–loss record and a 2.47 earned run average with 70 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.[4]

Minor leagues

The Texas Rangers selected Hendricks in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.[5] He signed with the Rangers, and began his professional career with the Spokane Indians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[6] The Cubs acquired Hendricks with Christian Villanueva in exchange for Ryan Dempster at the 2012 trade deadline.[7] Hendricks began the 2013 season with the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League,[8] and the Cubs promoted Hendricks to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) during the season.[9] The Cubs named Hendricks their minor league pitcher of the year for 2013.[4]

Hendricks began the 2014 season with Iowa. He was named the PCL's pitcher of the week for May 12–18.[10]

Major leagues

2014

After the trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics on July 4, 2014, Hendricks made his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago Cubs on July 10, 2014 against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.[11] He earned his first win in front of a home crowd against the San Diego Padres on July 22, 2014.[12] Hendricks was named the National League Rookie of the Month of August.[13] Hendricks finished his rookie season with a 7-2 win-loss record and a 2.46 ERA.[14] Hendricks tied for seventh place with Travis d'Arnaud and Jeurys Familia in the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting.[15]

2015

Following an impressive rookie season, Hendricks began the 2015 season as a member of the Cubs' starting rotation, led by the newly signed Jon Lester.[14][16] On May 21, 2015, Hendricks threw his first career complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres, striking out seven and facing 3 batters over the minimum.

Scouting Report

Hendricks throws a sinker (87-90 mph), cutter (86-88 mph), changeup (79-81 mph), curveball (76-79 mph) and occasional 4-seam fastball (89-91 mph). He throws the sinker, cutter and curveball to right-handers and the sinker, cutter and changeup to left-handers.

Personal life

Hendricks received his bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College in December 2013, after completing his coursework in the winter of 2012 and fall of 2013.[4]

References

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  3. Whicker, Mark (April 26, 2008). "Whicker column: Baseballs over golf balls for Capistrano Valley pitcher. Capistrano Valley's Kyle Hendricks was good at golf but passionate for baseball, and now his pitching is rewarding his efforts". The Orange County Register. Retrieved June 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. "Rangers sign incredibly smart baseball player | Dallas Morning News". Rangersblog.dallasnews.com. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. "Ryan Dempster trade came with expectations for current Smokies pitcher Kyle Hendricks » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. 14.0 14.1 Hendricks, Maggie (2015-02-11). "Cubs young talent ready to make imprint in majors". Indy Star. Retrieved 2015-02-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  16. Wittenmyer, Gordon (2015-02-22). "Year after turning down 4-year deal from Cubs, Wood turns page". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2015-02-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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