Liam Hendriks, Relief Pitcher, Oakland Athletics, #31
Date of Birth: 2/10/1989
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Current Salary: $1,100,000
Liam Hendriks, relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, started playing baseball in Australia at the age of 10. Eight years later, in February, 2007, he signed with the Minnesota Twins. He played in the Twins' minor league system from 2007 through most of 2011. He missed the 2008 season after having back surgery.
Hendriks first joined the Twins in 2011. He pitched in 4 games as a starting pitcher and he finished with no wins and 2 losses and a 6.17 ERA in 23.1 innings. He didn't do much better in his next two seasons with the Twins, finishing with a 5.59 ERA in 85.1 innings in 16 games in 2012 and with a 6.85 ERA in 47.1 innings in 10 games in 2013. He also played in the minor leagues in all three seasons.
Hendriks was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on December 13, 2013. Ten days later, he was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. He was claimed one more time, on February 21, 2014, by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played with the Blue Jays until July 28, 2014, when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals. He spent most of the 2014 season in the minor leagues, pitching in 3 games with the Blue Jays and 6 games with the Royals. He had a 5.23 ERA in 32.2 innings.
Hendriks returned to the Blue Jays in a trade on October 30, 2014. He moved full-time to the bullpen in 2015 and he fared much better as a reliever than as a starter. He finished the season with 5 wins to no losses, 71 strikeouts to 11 walks, and a 2.92 ERA in 64.2 innings in 58 games.
The Athletics acquired Hendriks in a trade on November 20, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with no wins to 4 losses, 71 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a 3.76 ERA in 64.2 innings in 53 games.
Career pitching statistics for Hendriks through 2016 include:
- 150 games played
- 318.0 innings pitched
- 8-19 win-loss record
- 265 strikeouts to 78 walks
- 4.87 ERA