Article: What's Hindering Hendriks?
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:08 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:39 AM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:48 AM
Guy couldn't K anybody in the Minors stats show that
He had a 19.5% k-rate the past two years in the minors. That's not great but it's not terrible either (like Nick Blackburn who had a 12% k-rate in AAA),
Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:38 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:20 PM
From day one, I've said that Hendriks needs to stop being cute with his pitching and stop pitching scared. He still hasn't done that.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:23 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:17 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:01 PM
This is a strong analysis, but I'm still left wondering why right-handed hitters in AAA were held to a much lower average than those in the majors. Is the quality of right-handed hitting that much better in the majors? Has Hendrick's pitching strategy changed at all? Your analysis makes sense, except it still leaves me wondering why he found success against right-handers that he can't replicate one step up the ladder.
- different hitters (less experienced)
- different catchers
- different pitching coach
I think all 3 have a role
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:09 PM
Don't give up on him. To doesn't have the potential to be a #5 starter after less than one season seems harsh
Guy couldn't K anybody in the Minors stats show that, might be a good #5 in the National League. Here? Not happening
Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:04 PM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:57 AM
It an interesting point about the pictching angles but in reality the Twins probably already have seen this and didn't have him make the change for one of two reasons. 1. It didn't change anything or more likely, 2. He stopped throwing strikes.
Basically you keep him in Rochester so you don't have to waste time signing someone to AAA this winter and hope you never have to call him up or if you do its because you are chasing a Top 5 draft pick for the 3rd straight season.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:28 AM
Most of us would agree that Hendriks has better raw stuff. Faster heater, more sweep on his slider, generally throws the ball a couple mph faster.
Why is De Vries so much more successful than Hendriks?
Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:36 PM
Scott Diamond is a #5 starter on 90% of major league rosters.
Name them, and the four starters better than him on those teams.