Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his ninth major-league season, Hendriks took hold of the closer job in Oakland and nearly doubled up his career fWAR total. Improbably, Hendriks gained two full ticks on all of his offerings at 30 years old, and the result was a massive spike in strikeout rate and a big reduction in walk rate. His K-BB rate was 31% after sitting at 11.5% in 2018 and never getting higher than 23% in any of his prior eight seasons. Hendriks' 1.82 FIP ranked second among qualified relievers, behind only Kirby Yates, and he converted 16 of 19 save chances after the calendar turned to August. One need not look any further than Hendriks' former teammate, Blake Treinen -- the man he replaced in the ninth -- for an example of the kind of volatility relievers bring to the table. However, if the velocity holds, there should not be much giveback with the skills. He's a top option after the first tier of closers is off the board. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2020, avoiding arbitration.
Honored as top reliever
POakland Athletics  
October 24, 2020
Hendriks has been named the 2020 American League Reliever of the Year, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Hendriks dominated in the shortnered campaign, maintaining a 1.78 ERA and 0.67 WHIP across 25.1 innings. He also racked up 14 saves, good for second in the league behind Brad Hand. Hendriks has proven to be one of the elite relievers in the league across the past two seasons by racking up saves while also recording elite ratios and strikeouts.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
23
Last 5 Games
29
How many pitches does Liam Hendriks generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-44%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-45%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .236 248 83 18 53 8 1 7
Since 2018vs Right .182 280 100 16 47 14 0 2
2020vs Left .200 37 19 2 7 1 0 1
2020vs Right .135 55 18 1 7 1 0 0
2019vs Left .257 166 56 10 39 7 1 4
2019vs Right .145 166 68 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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-75%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.89 0.90 76.1 5 3 18 11.8 2.0 0.5
Since 2018Away 2.64 1.12 58.0 2 3 21 12.9 2.6 0.8
2020Home 2.70 0.84 16.2 3 1 7 12.4 1.1 0.5
2020Away 0.00 0.35 8.2 0 0 7 14.5 1.0 0.0
2019Home 1.59 0.84 45.1 2 1 11 12.5 2.0 0.6
2019Away 2.04 1.11 39.2 2 3 14 13.8 2.5 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
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
12.33
 
K/9
13.1
 
BB/9
1.1
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
1.78
 
WHIP
0.67
 
BABIP
.274
 
GB/FB
0.94
 
Left On Base
70.5%
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.8%
 
Spin Rate
2406 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.4%
 
Swinging Strike
20.3%
 
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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.
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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Records win
POakland Athletics  
October 7, 2020
Hendriks was credited with the victory in the Athletics' ALDS Game 3 win over the Astros on Wednesday, allowing one hit and recording four strikeouts over three scoreless innings.
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Rebounds in Game 3
POakland Athletics  
October 2, 2020
Hendriks allowed one hit and struck out three without walking a batter in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to convert the save during a Game 3 win over the White Sox.
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Throws 49 pitches in Game 2
POakland Athletics  
October 1, 2020
Hendriks gave up two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five in 1.2 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
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Dealt first loss
POakland Athletics  
September 26, 2020
Hendriks (3-1) took the loss during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners after allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with one strikeout and zero walks over 1.1 innings.
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Locks down 14th save
POakland Athletics  
September 23, 2020
Hendriks picked up the save against the Dodgers on Wednesday after tossing a perfect ninth inning that included one strikeout.
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