Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An up-and-down season from Hendriks saw him face a lengthy absence due to a groin strain, get designated for assignment and also start a playoff game. However, that start, as well as the eight he made in the regular season, was a very brief one, as the Athletics were one of several teams to experiment with the opener role. His numbers, when he was healthy, were mediocre at best, as he put up a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings with an unimpressive 21.2% strikeout rate and 9.6% walk rate. Oakland liked him enough to bring him back, but it would take a serious injury crisis for him to get anywhere near the closer conversation. He doesn't have the elite ratios necessary to have fantasy relevance in most formats if he doesn't get saves, and a continuation of the opener role could actually hurt his value, as it eliminates the chance to steal wins and forces Hendriks to face the opposition's best hitters more often. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.15 million contract with the Athletics in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Rebounds for 23rd save
POakland Athletics
September 17, 2019
Hendriks picked up the save against Kansas City on Tuesday, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out two batters.
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Hendriks suffered a rare rough outing against the Royals on Monday, but he rebounded to make quick work of Kansas City on Tuesday, needing only nine pitches to retire the side in order. Hendriks induced six swinging strikes -- and hurled eight strikes altogether -- among those nine pitches, demonstrating just how dominating his repertoire can be when he is on his game. The 30-year-old has converted 23 of 29 save chances this season while posting a 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 118:21 K:BB over 81.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Liam Hendriks generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Liam Hendriks generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-45%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .228 306 91 25 63 10 2 9
Since 2017vs Right .217 389 127 29 77 21 0 6
2019vs Left .255 155 51 10 36 6 1 4
2019vs Right .148 163 67 11 22 9 0 1
2018vs Left .184 45 8 6 7 0 0 2
2018vs Right .333 59 14 4 18 4 0 1
2017vs Left .206 106 32 9 20 4 1 3
2017vs Right .243 167 46 14 37 8 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-75%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-67%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 1.94 0.96 97.1 5 2 11 11.7 2.6 0.5
Since 2017Away 4.38 1.40 72.0 3 4 13 11.5 3.3 1.3
2019Home 1.62 0.86 44.1 2 1 11 12.6 2.0 0.6
2019Away 1.70 1.11 37.0 2 2 12 13.6 2.7 0.5
2018Home 1.88 1.19 14.1 0 1 0 8.8 3.1 0.0
2018Away 7.45 1.86 9.2 0 0 0 7.4 4.7 2.8
2017Home 2.33 0.98 38.2 3 0 0 11.6 3.0 0.5
2017Away 7.11 1.66 25.1 1 2 1 9.9 3.6 1.8
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Stat Review
How does Liam Hendriks compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.62
 
K/9
13.1
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
96.4 mph
 
ERA
1.66
 
WHIP
0.97
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
0.67
 
Left On Base
87.5%
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.5%
 
Spin Rate
2294 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.6%
 
Swinging Strike
16.7%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Liam Hendriks
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41 days ago
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Mound Musings: Checking in on the Bullpens – National League
42 days ago
Brad Johnson dives into all of the changes that have been made in NL bullpens, including in Arizona where Archie Bradley takes on the closer role for now.
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Following a failed turn as a contact-based starting pitcher with the Twins, Hendriks has grown into a serviceable reliever over the past three seasons, logging 64-plus innings and striking out at least 9.9 batters per nine in each. His velocity, as hoped, played up out of the bullpen, as he now comfortably touches the mid- to high 90s. Hendriks' ERA has climbed over the last two years, though, winding up at 4.22 in 2017 despite his best K/9 (11.0) and swinging-strike rate (12.5). As reflected in his 3.22 FIP and 65.5 left-on-base percentage, the right-hander was bitten by poor luck in a small sample size. Improved pitch sequencing could help him recover and extract better fantasy returns from his surging skills. Turning 29 in February, Hendriks could claim an important setup role -- and perhaps the occasional save chance -- in a wide-open Athletics bullpen or wherever else he lands.
The right-hander once sat among a group of soft-tossing Twins starting pitching prospects, and like others in his class, he fizzled out, only to resurrect his career as a relief pitcher. He's posted an identical 9.9 K/9 in each of the last two seasons and had sparkling control rates. Basically, he's melded the zone-pounding approach instilled by Minnesota with some actual punch, complete with three extra ticks of velocity since 2014 and swinging-strike rates of 11.3 and 10.8 percent in the last two years, respectively. Hendriks' 2016 ERA hid how well he performed (2.85 FIP). The .334 BABIP he allowed was odd, considering he doesn't allow a lot of hard contact, line drives or groundballs. His skills could make Hendriks a surprisingly effective closer if he can break through a deep corps of late-inning Oakland relievers with at least a hint of closer-like ability. Either way, he'll have a good shot at plenty of holds as an important setup option in 2017.
Acquired from Kansas City in the offseason ahead of the 2015 season, Hendriks was one of the best and most consistent pieces of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. While Hendriks’ role diminished a bit when the Blue Jays brought in LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe, the 26-year-old Australian was solid whether in the fifth inning or the eighth inning. Coming into the season, Hendriks had a fastball that occasionally touched the mid-90s and by the end of the season he had hit 99 mph on the gun and regularly was in the 96-97 range with his fastball, turning him into a strong option in the late innings. Traded to Oakland during the offseason, Hendriks will likely slot in as a late-inning relief option for the A's in 2016.
Hendriks was traded to the Royals in July of 2014 as part of a package deal for infielder Danny Valencia, and first appeared to be destined for long relief. Opportunity knocked when Danny Duffy experienced shoulder soreness late in the season, and Hendriks was the option manager Ned Yost leaned on to fill his spot in the rotation. It didn't yield favorable results, however, as Hendriks posted a 5.51 ERA and surrendered a .319 batting average to opposing hitters over four games as a starter. The Royals had eventually decided they had seen enough, and designated the right-hander for assignment in late October to make room on the roster for the acquisition of Moises Sierra. He was eventually traded back to the Blue Jays six days later, where he'll likely serve in the minors as an emergency spot-start option in 2015.
Hendriks struggled mightily in the majors again last season, which led Minnesota to remove him from the 40-man roster and he was later claimed by the Cubs. Hendricks had an ugly 6.85 ERA in 10 outings, eight starts, with the Twins. The long ball continued to be the problem as he gave up 10 home runs after giving up 17 home runs in 17 starts in 2012. Unlike in 2012, however, he wasn't as dominant at Triple-A as he had just a 4.67 ERA and 5.7 K/9. Hendriks does have good control and excellent command of three different offspeed pitches, so there's still a chance he finally finds success in the majors. And even though he gave up eight runs in his final two outings as a reliever, he did finish strong with a 15:3 K:BB ratio in those 10.2 relief innings. Claimed off waivers by the Orioles in December, Hendriks will likely compete for a bullpen job during spring training.
Hendriks had two disparate seasons in 2012 as he was dominant at Triple-A, but almost broke records for his poor performance in the majors. Hendriks had a 2.20 ERA and 82:28 K:BB in 106.1 innings in Triple-A and looked set to become a productive major league starter. However, he struggled in the big leagues, beginning the season 0-9 and was winless in his first 17 career starts (the record is 20) before finally recording a win in late September. The big difference in his almost polar opposite performances was his inability to keep the ball on the ground in the majors. He had a 43.9 percent groundball rate at Triple-A, but just 37.8 percent in the majors. He also gave up a staggering 17 home runs in 16 starts in the majors. While his major league strikeout rate was not great, Hendriks' minor league strikeout rates and velocity (90 mph average fastball) are viable enough to go along with good control and excellent command of three different off-speed pitches. It's still reasonable to think that he could develop into a decent middle-of-the-rotation starter.
Hendriks entered last season as one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects and dominated at Double-A with a 2.70 ERA and 81:18 K:BB ratio in 90 innings. He had a 4.56 ERA after being promote to Triple-A, but still had good control with a 30:3 K:BB ratio in 49.1 innings. It was a strong enough performance that he got four September starts in the majors. After a decent first start he was hit hard in his next three outings. He doesn't have outstanding velocity (low-90s fastball) and his declining strikeout rate last year (5.70 K/9IP overall) is a worry. But the Australian right-hander has excellent command of three different off-speed pitches. He'll have an outside chance at a rotation job this spring, but likely begins the season at Triple-A.
Despite missing a month after surgery for an appendectomy, Hendricks had a breakout season in 2010 with a 1.74 ERA and amazing 105:12 K:BB ratio in 108.2 innings between Low-A and High-A. The Australian right-hander has history of injuries but showed excellent command of a four-pitch arsenal including a low-90s fastball. A strong season at High-A or Double-A in 2011 could put him in Minnesota's major league plans in 2012.
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Blows save in loss
POakland Athletics
September 17, 2019
Hendriks (4-3) was hit with the loss and blown save against the Royals on Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning. He struck out one and walked none.
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Locks down 22nd save
POakland Athletics
September 14, 2019
Hendriks allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth inning, but recorded a strikeout and earned the save in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
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Picks up 21st save
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2019
Hendriks earned the save against Houston on Thursday, pitching one scoreless inning and giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two.
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Notches 20th save
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2019
Hendriks struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 20th save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Astros.
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Slams door for 19th save
POakland Athletics
September 8, 2019
Hendricks struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save over Detroit on Sunday.
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