Top 10 Twins prospects #6: Liam Hendriks
Liam Johnson Hendriks (born 10 February 1989) is an Starting pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization. He stands 6’1″ and weighs 190 lbs. He throws right-handed.
Hendriks debuted for the Twins in 2007 pitching for the Gulf Coast League Twins. He led the team with 52 strikeouts. Hendriks had back surgery that prevented him from playing in the minors during the 2008 season, but made the 2009 World Baseball Classic roster and was the youngest Australian player in the WBC.
In the 2009 Hendriks pitched for the Class-A Beloit Snappers and the Rookie-Level Elizabethton Twins. He went a combined 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 games started. Hendriks was selected for the 2010 All-Star Futures Game, but was unable to participate due to appendectomy surgery and missed six weeks. After making six starts for Beloit; Hendriks was promoted to the Ft. Myers Miracle. During his time at Ft. Myers he went 6-3 with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 74.2 innings pitched. He only walked 8 and struck out 66.
As you can tell from looking at his numbers, Hendriks is another “Twins type pitcher”. He has great control and does a very good job of keeping the ball down in the zone. His pitching arsenal includes a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball and a change-up. His four-seam fastball can top out at 93 MPH.
Hendriks has all the tools the Twins look for in a minor league pitcher. He will not be brought up this year but will definitely be given a shot to help the Twins in 2 or 3 years. He has the potential to be a very serviceable major league pitcher and have some good success. It will be interesting to watch his progress in the minor leagues during the 2011 season. The big thing for him will be his ability to stay healthy.