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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
68.3 3.91 1.22 61 5 3 0 0.9
Birth Date12-7-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
Age28 years, 7 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.62014
3.32015
5.42016
2.92017
3.32018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 CHN MLB 13 13 80.3 7 2 0 72 15 47 4 .256 102 8.1 1.7 0.4 5.3 51% .271 .230 1.08 3.29 2.46 106 4.21 103.2 0.6
2015 CHN MLB 32 32 180.0 8 7 0 166 43 167 17 .255 97 8.3 2.1 0.8 8.3 53% .296 .244 1.16 3.38 3.95 88 3.55 82.9 3.3
2016 CHN MLB 31 30 190.0 16 8 0 142 44 170 15 .262 93 6.7 2.1 0.7 8.1 50% .250 .214 0.98 3.24 2.13 84 2.87 63.6 5.4
2017 CHN MLB 24 24 139.7 7 5 0 126 40 123 17 .263 99 8.1 2.6 1.1 7.9 52% .281 .235 1.19 3.89 3.03 92 3.72 79.1 2.9
2018 CHN MLB 19 19 110.3 6 8 0 101 31 83 17 .257 103 8.2 2.5 1.4 6.8 48% .263 .253 1.20 4.54 3.92 97 3.34 75.4 2.4
CareerMLB119118700.34430060717359070.259987.82.20.97.651%.273.2341.113.613.10913.2874.316.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 SPO A- 20 0 32.7 2 2 3 20 4 36 0 .263 103 5.5 1.1 0.0 9.9 54% .244 .165 0.73 1.76 1.93 68 1.64 33.8
2011 FRI AA 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 .242 102 12.0 6.0 0.0 6.0 64% .364 .260 2.00 4.04 3.00 100 4.49 89.7
2012 DAY A+ 5 4 17.0 1 0 0 17 3 11 3 .239 110 9.0 1.6 1.6 5.8 46% .264 .231 1.18 5.10 4.24 99 3.91 87.4
2012 MYR A+ 20 20 130.7 5 8 0 123 15 112 8 .262 91 8.5 1.0 0.6 7.7 54% .304 .233 1.06 2.95 2.82 79 1.86 40.3
2013 TEN AA 21 21 126.3 10 3 0 107 26 101 3 .248 104 7.6 1.9 0.2 7.2 59% .279 .217 1.05 2.35 1.85 76 1.63 40.2
2013 IOW AAA 6 6 40.0 3 1 0 35 8 27 2 .260 90 7.9 1.8 0.5 6.1 62% .273 .221 1.07 3.54 2.48 86 2.48 49.9
2014 CHN MLB 13 13 80.3 7 2 0 72 15 47 4 .256 102 8.1 1.7 0.4 5.3 51% .271 .230 1.08 3.29 2.46 106 4.21 103.2
2014 IOW AAA 17 17 102.7 10 5 0 98 23 97 5 .261 92 8.6 2.0 0.4 8.5 56% .322 .235 1.18 3.16 3.59 70 2.26 43.9
2015 CHN MLB 32 32 180.0 8 7 0 166 43 167 17 .255 97 8.3 2.1 0.8 8.3 53% .296 .244 1.16 3.38 3.95 88 3.55 82.9
2016 CHN MLB 31 30 190.0 16 8 0 142 44 170 15 .262 93 6.7 2.1 0.7 8.1 50% .250 .214 0.98 3.24 2.13 84 2.87 63.6
2017 CHN MLB 24 24 139.7 7 5 0 126 40 123 17 .263 99 8.1 2.6 1.1 7.9 52% .281 .235 1.19 3.89 3.03 92 3.72 79.1
2017 TEN AA 2 2 8.3 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 .266 94 2.2 1.1 0.0 5.4 41% .091 .097 0.36 2.27 1.08 98 3.60 88.4
2018 CHN MLB 19 19 110.3 6 8 0 101 31 83 17 .257 103 8.2 2.5 1.4 6.8 48% .263 .253 1.20 4.54 3.92 97 3.34 75.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 1144 0.4991 0.4755 0.8107 0.6217 0.3298 0.8704 0.6984 0.1893
2015 2788 0.4796 0.4286 0.7933 0.5722 0.2963 0.8745 0.6488 0.2067
2016 2843 0.4935 0.4263 0.7525 0.5495 0.3063 0.8353 0.6077 0.2475
2017 2232 0.4942 0.4180 0.7835 0.5449 0.2941 0.8552 0.6536 0.2165
2018 1698 0.4694 0.4211 0.7776 0.5508 0.3063 0.8633 0.6413 0.2224
Career107050.48680.42960.77980.56240.30370.85790.6430.2202

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CHN $4,175,000
2017 CHN $760,500
2016 CHN $541,000
2015 CHN $510,000
2014 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,811,500
2018Current$4,175,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,986,500
4 yrTotal$5,986,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 81 dWasserman Media Group1 year/$4.175M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$4.175M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.7605M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/9/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 7/10/14.
  • Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 7/31/12 (Dempster deal).
  • Drafted by Texas 2011 (8-264) (Dartmouth). $0.125M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 12.3 6.5 0 28 28 178.8 135 50 165 17 .249 1.03 2.91 3.04 38.1 4.1
80o 12 7 0 28 28 172.1 138 51 158 17 .261 1.10 3.22 3.38 32.6 3.5
70o 11.8 7.3 0 28 28 167.3 139 52 154 17 .269 1.14 3.45 3.62 28.6 3.1
60o 11.6 7.6 0 28 28 163.3 141 52 150 18 .276 1.18 3.63 3.83 25.2 2.7
50o 11.4 7.8 0 28 28 159.6 142 53 147 18 .282 1.22 3.82 4.02 22.1 2.4
40o 11.3 8.1 0 28 28 155.9 144 53 144 18 .289 1.26 4.01 4.22 18.8 2.0
30o 11.1 8.4 0 28 28 152.1 145 54 140 18 .296 1.31 4.20 4.44 15.2 1.7
20o 10.8 8.7 0 28 28 147.6 146 54 136 18 .304 1.36 4.44 4.69 11.2 1.2
10o 10.5 9.3 0 28 28 141.5 148 55 130 18 .315 1.43 4.77 5.05 5.3 0.6
Weighted Mean11.57.802828159.61415314718.2811.223.804.0122.32.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201929111103333213173632022249.2871.113.724.087.32.78.50.93.1
202030111003131202168611902149.2911.133.784.147.52.78.50.92.9
20213110902828174144521641949.2881.133.864.237.52.78.51.02.5
2022329902626153131481441749.2961.173.894.277.72.88.51.02.2
2023339802525147124441381649.2911.143.874.247.62.78.41.02.2
2024348802323138116411281549.2911.143.894.277.62.78.41.02.0
2025357702020117100351091349.2921.153.934.317.72.78.41.01.6
2026366501616958129891149.2921.163.954.337.72.78.41.01.3
202737550141481692475949.2931.153.984.367.72.78.31.01.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Dallas Keuchel 2016 4.71
2 84 Garrett Richards 2016 4.15
3 80 Brandon Webb 2007 3.47
4 78 Alex Cobb 2016 9.00
5 77 Johnny Cueto 2014 2.51
6 76 Zach Britton 2016 0.94
7 75 Felix Hernandez 2014 2.59
8 75 Kyle Gibson 2016 5.44
9 75 Chien-Ming Wang 2008 4.17
10 75 Matt Harvey 2017 6.80
11 74 Alexi Ogando 2012 3.68
12 74 Jose Quintana 2017 4.39
13 74 Greg Maddux 1994 1.96
14 73 Alex Colome 2017 3.65
15 73 David Price 2014 3.59
16 73 Clayton Kershaw 2016 1.87
17 72 Rick Porcello 2017 5.53
18 72 Chris Archer 2017 4.52
19 71 Jimmy Nelson 2017 3.80
20 71 Carlos Zambrano 2009 4.15
21 71 Hyun-jin Ryu 2015 0.00 DNP
22 71 Jacob deGrom 2016 3.22
23 71 CC Sabathia 2009 3.76
24 71 Adam Warren 2016 5.23
25 71 Adam Wainwright 2010 2.66
26 70 Jhoulys Chacin 2016 4.94
27 70 Dave Stieb 1986 5.62
28 70 Ryan Cook 2015 19.73
29 70 Clay Buchholz 2013 1.91
30 70 Mike Garcia 1952 2.80
31 70 Joe Kelly 2016 5.17
32 70 Justin Masterson 2013 3.50
33 70 Jeanmar Gomez 2016 4.98
34 69 Ubaldo Jimenez 2012 5.91
35 69 Roy Halladay 2005 2.48
36 69 Roberto Hernandez 2009 6.89
37 69 Kevin Appier 1996 3.71
38 69 Matt Harrison 2014 4.15
39 68 Jon Lester 2012 5.08
40 68 Justin Wilson 2016 4.45
41 68 Orel Hershiser 1987 3.54
42 68 James Paxton 2017 3.11
43 68 Andrew Cashner 2015 5.41
44 68 Josh Johnson 2012 3.95
45 68 Mel Parnell 1950 4.61
46 67 Chris Sale 2017 3.07
47 67 Kris Medlen 2014 0.00 DNP
48 67 Josh Collmenter 2014 3.76
49 67 Drew Pomeranz 2017 3.58
50 67 Robbie Ross 2017 7.00
51 67 Tyson Ross 2015 3.58
52 67 Sam Dyson 2016 2.43
53 66 Bobby Jenks 2009 4.05
54 66 Joe Blanton 2009 4.10
55 66 Brandon McCarthy 2012 3.57
56 66 Mat Latos 2016 5.14
57 66 Juan Rincon 2007 5.58
58 66 Tim Hudson 2004 3.91
59 66 Gio Gonzalez 2014 3.74
60 66 Barry Zito 2006 4.03
61 66 Robinson Tejeda 2010 4.13
62 66 Frank Sullivan 1958 4.06
63 66 Bryan Shaw 2016 3.51
64 66 Mark Buehrle 2007 3.85
65 65 Dave Righetti 1987 4.36
66 65 Roy Oswalt 2006 3.10
67 65 Zach Miner 2010 0.00 DNP
68 65 Mark Mulder 2006 7.42
69 65 Jose Rijo 1993 2.66
70 65 Hector Rondon 2016 3.71
71 65 Dean Chance 1969 3.97
72 65 John Danks 2013 5.27
73 65 Erik Bedard 2007 3.26
74 64 Taylor Jordan 2017 0.00 DNP
75 64 T.J. McFarland 2017 7.00
76 64 Jim O'Toole 1965 6.98
77 64 Steve Rogers 1978 2.63
78 64 Justin Grimm 2017 5.53
79 64 Jon Garland 2008 5.31
80 64 Ricky Romero 2013 11.05
81 64 Dustin McGowan 2010 0.00 DNP
82 64 Steve Cishek 2014 3.58
83 64 Brian Wilson 2010 1.93
84 64 Masahiro Tanaka 2017 5.00
85 63 Lucas Harrell 2013 6.50
86 63 Eric O'Flaherty 2013 2.50
87 63 Jonny Venters 2013 0.00 DNP
88 63 Sergio Mitre 2009 7.66
89 63 Danny Duffy 2017 4.06
90 63 Zach McAllister 2016 3.61
91 63 Gary Peters 1965 3.88
92 63 Matt Morris 2003 3.97
93 63 Aaron Cook 2007 4.72
94 63 Kevin Quackenbush 2017 7.86
95 63 Odrisamer Despaigne 2015 5.87
96 62 Tony Pena 2010 5.54
97 62 Ryan Pressly 2017 4.99
98 62 Casey Janssen 2010 3.80
99 62 Mark Gubicza 1991 6.09
100 62 Rich Harden 2010 5.97

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .236 .293 .377 .243
11 vs R (Multi) .209 .259 .308 .209
18 Split (Multi) .027 .034 .069 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .219 .277 .339 .227
31 vs R (2016) .198 .251 .305 .204
38 Split (2016) .021 .026 .034 .022
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Hendricks is a weird mix of real-world privilege—a SoCal white boy educated at Dartmouth—and whatever is the baseball equivalent of the University of Phoenix. Like Phoenix graduates all around the country (at least relative to Big Green alums), Hendricks has had to work a little harder to prove himself at every level. He never had a wipeout pitch. He never threw much faster than your average D1 Friday night starter. All he had to go on were his results, and his results were always excellent. He put up a 1.93 ERA at A-ball in 2011, at age 21. OK, but Double-A is the big talent jump. Let’s see how he does there. That took a little longer, but Hendricks had a 1.88 ERA in 129 Double-A innings, finally leaving the level behind for good in 2013. OK, but at Triple-A hitters have finally learned to hit the changeup and that’s Hendricks’s bread and butter. Hendricks had a 3.28 ERA in 143 innings there. And now Hendricks has a 2.92 ERA in 450 big-league innings. Hendricks’ numbers will probably never look as good again as they did in 2016 and the comparisons to Greg Maddux are still way overblown, but Hendricks is a top-tier major-league starter and that’s a hell of a lot more than the league believed of him just 18 months ago.
2016 In his first full season in the majors, Hendricks was kept on a tight leash, but put up a league-average ERA and slightly better components. An area of concern, however, is the contact rates he has maintained through the last two seasons. He tends to allow contact on about 80 percent of swings, which puts his whiffs-per-pitch rate eighth-lowest among qualified NL pitchers. For a pitcher who maintains an above-average strikeout rate, missing so few bats is a bit of paradox. His top two pitches, an 89 mph sinker and an 80 mph changeup, generate a lot of groundballs, so it is not out of the question for Hendricks to continue to pitch well, but without generating more whiffs, it is hard to imagine he will continue to do so through a strikeout-heavy approach.
2015 "Know thyself" comes down from Apollo himself, and who are we to argue with the god of the sun? You won't catch Hendricks disagreeing: He doesn't blow anyone away with his mundane offerings, but he knows his limitations, learns from his mistakes and makes the most of what he has. One of them Ivy League types (Dartmouth, economics), Hendricks relies on plus command to induce weak contact. After arriving in the big leagues in the wake of the Cubs' trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, he immediately took advantage of the advanced scouting and video available to him, soaking in as much knowledge about how to attack his opponents as possible. His changeup has swing-and-miss potential, so an uptick in strikeouts is not out of the question. Even a small increase, as long as the walks stay low and the ball stays in the park, could make him a very valuable asset, particularly at the (league-minimum) price. Apollo also gave us, "On reaching the end be without sorrow," and Hendricks seems likely to wring out every ounce of success his fringy stuff will support before the game is done with him.
2014 If broadcasters are right about the keys to pitching successget ahead of hitters, change speeds, avoid walksHendricks is destined to be a booth favorite. The Dartmouth product doesnt have great stuff but he commands it well, varying his fastball from the mid-80s to the low 90s and mixing in a cutter, slider, curve and changeup. Its a combination that baffled hitters in the high minors last year, and earned Hendricks the organization's Pitcher of the Year award. The same approach currently earns millions for Kyle Lohse, though it's more likely Hendricks will settle into the back end of a big-league rotation or make his mark in middle relief.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)Shane Bieber. Is it possible in today's game to have elite command and control with average to slightly above average stuff and be any more than a 3/4 innings eater?
(uncasf1 from raleigh NC)
Is it possible? Sure. I think we've seen Kyle Hendricks do it pretty successfully for a few years there, though you might quibble with calling his stuff "slightly-above-average." In this situations, the pinpoint command (and Hendricks' tunneling) helps the stuff play up, so to speak. But the margin for error is really thin, and that's why with a lot of these types who are always around the plate with solid-but-not-great stuff, they struggle at higher levels. Major league hitters are really damn good. Some of them might need to follow the Keuchel outline and rarely throw strikes but always be around the edges of the zone. It's a tough life, though. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)Does Zach Davies go Kyle Hendricks this year?
(Keith from Channahon)
He's been a popular pick thanks to his excellent command, huh? I don't buy it though. His K% was about 15 last year and Hendricks was up to 22 in his breakouts. Got to get soem outs on your own, especially in that park. (Eddy Almaguer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)with Kyle Hendricks and Carl Edwards, Jr., the Cubs have the two most racecar driver names in baseball. This isn't a question.
(Craig from DC)
Daniel Murphy is a seasoned detective and Tanner Roark is the naive, but enthusiastic rookie he's training. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Kyle Hendricks blowing on his fingers?
(jfegan from Chicago, IL)
I have it on good* authority that Kyle likes to roleplay as though he is Doc Holliday from "Tombstone." (Nick Schaefer)
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Michael A. Taylor looks way too much like Edgar Renteria.
(cowhitchurch from Austin, TX)
My playoff memories of Edgar Renteria involve him getting owned in the 2005 ALDS, not smoking Kyle Hendricks. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-08-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cubs' SP has had a very nice turnaround in the 2nd half. Kyle Hendricks is of particular interest to me. Is he back to being '16 version or closer to '15? Any notable changes in his approach since return from injury?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think the really notable changes have been to his stuff. He's able to change his approach on the fly and make good adjustments. He also has great command and good movement. When his sheer stuff is there and his delivery is right, yeah, he's the guy we saw last year. Of course, the guy we saw last year benefited a lot from his defense and catchers, so discount expectations to account for the fact that that was the best defensive team ever. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Does Brett Anderson finish the year with a higher WAR than Kyle Hendricks?
(Spoiled from Chitown)
Nope. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously Kyle Hendricks won't repeat last year's performance, but how good do you think he'll be in 2017?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
My gut says he'll be something like a 3.25 ERA guy with a whip closer to 1.10 than 1.00. I think the strikeout rate is real, as is the walk rate, and he's clearly a good groundball guy, but I also think that park and his stuff mean the home runs have to uptick just a little bit. Still a top 30 pitcher, but probably not a Cy Young candidate. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)A little early, but who are the Cubs all- star representatives this year?
(BC from Urbandale)
All of them? We're talking three weeks here obviously, so this is a terrible exercise. But I think Rizzo and Arrieta are virtual locks barring injury, and Lester and Fowler've been almost on their level. I wrote about Kyle Hendricks as a good fit for his defense recently, and he makes for a dark horse IMO. Heyward, Russell, Bryant, Zobrist...any and all of those guys can and may up and start destroying everything in their path. It's a really impressive collection of talent. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Hendricks.....cheap rotation filler, or reliable #4 on a winning club?
(Zonk from Chi Town)
The second one. Underrated guy. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Hendricks has had very volatile performance this year. Are you finding anything analytically insightful, with regard to his successes and failures?
(Matt from Chicago)
He's the poster child for "digital scouting is hard". So, when I can answer this question intelligently I will likely shout about it from the highest mountain (in Chicago, so no one will hear me but still). (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)who is your favorite "from the Rangers" prospect?
(JP from TX)
Kyle Hendricks. He has become a valuable piece for the Cubs some called him an organizational filler at the point of the trade. Hendricks continues to develop he won't blow hitters away but mixes his four pitches well and really invests time in studying the game. In Chicago last year we saw a sample size of 13 starts but the plan is to get him around 25-30 starts. There will be some adjustments made by hitters as they gather more film on Hendricks but he'll be one of the story-lines to watch in the 2015 season. (Rob Willer)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a 6x6 (QS and OPS are added but features SVHDs) 12-team league with 40 man rosters (keep 35) would you rather have Patrick Corbin coming back from Tommy John or Kyle Hendricks as the 35th keeper?
(Matt from IL)
I like Corbin better than Hendricks. Corbin is slated to return in June but even so I would much rather roll dice with him moving forward over Hendricks. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Out of the copious amounts of #4 and #5 pitchers the Cubs have, who do you expect to start next year? (Felix Doubront, Kyle Hendricks, Wada if he resigns, Jacob Turner, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Beeler, Dan Strailey, Travis Wood)
(Pelecos from Granville)
It's a very interesting conundrum for the Cubs, and the buzz indicates that they will look to sign a front-line SP over the winter. I'm an Edwin apologist, but I think that he has run out of excuses. I think that T.Wood and K. Hendricks will both be a part of the rotation, and Doubront will either pitch his way to the bullpen or earn a spot in the rotation. I would give Beeler more time on the farm, and Turner could be a reliever in the end. Straily is the wild card.

On the jukebox: Thrice, "The Melting Point of Wax" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any thoughts on Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada? Scouts and prognosticators seem to mostly tab them as back-end-of-the-rotation pitchers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Based off what you've seen from them this year, do you think the Cubs are considering them as rotation options in the mid-to-long term?
(tomshipley75 from Chicago)
They're both cheap, so I don't see why not. It isn't like they have a bevy of options as the roster is currently constructed. I'm sure they'll sign one, if not two pitchers this offseason. I like Hendricks more, but it's still a back end profile. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Hendricks worth owning in the deepest of leagues? What about Shane Greene? Also whose future do you like better in rate leagues with K/9 Steven Matz or Jake Thompson
(John from Missurah)
Oh yes. In deep leagues you need innings and he will give innings as the Cubs have no SPs. Same with Greene. I prefer Thompson. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of K% numbers do you expect to see from Kyle Hendricks going forward?
(Thorny from Car RamRod)
low 20's. He's fastball change primarily. I actually like him in deep leagues. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)What were your thoughts on Dallas Beeler's start on Saturday? Do you think he plays into the Cubs rotation after the deadline, more so than a guy like Kyle Hendricks?
(Matt from DC)
I think he earned another look. I know Bosio loves Hendricks but I definitely think Beeler earned at least one more start at Wrigley with his performance. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Always enjoy your no bs style Jason. Kyle Hendricks been doing nothing but get guys out for 2 years. His velocity gonna play against the big kids? And call me crazy, to me Soler could be the best of the bunch in 5 years. Plate discipline, bat speed and 65 power is not a bad combo, no?
(racehorse1 from siesta key)
Hendricks can pitch and keep hitters off-balance with his stuff, but I don't see a lot of sustainable success at the major league level. As for Soler, he's my least favorite of the CUbs thumpers. He has 80 grade raw power, but I dislike his approach and his ability (inability) to make adjustments could end up fucking him against better arms. I wouldn't be surprised if he is the one that fails to reach his potential. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Despite having guys like CJ Edwards, Kyle Hendricks, and others, conventional wisdom is that the Cubs have a dearth of arms (in comparison to bats) in their farm system. Any pitching prospects you feel especially good about, or do you agree with that assessment?
(HoosierCub from Bloomington)
They have more bats than arms, but Edwards, Johnson, and Blackburn are a nice foundation, and I expect the Cubs to go heavy on arms in the 2014 draft. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like only yesterday that Justin Grimm was projected to be a future mid-rotation starter. Now he gets less mention on their rotation depth discussions than Kyle Hendricks. What do you know about the Cubs' plans for Grimm, and do you think he could be a force as a late-inning reliever instead? Who is the next SP to make Chicago's rotation in case of injury?
(Oliver from Boston)
The mid-rotation starter thing was a ceiling. It didn't mean it was going to happen. He's depth for the Cubs. He probably won't make their rotation this season, but he'll probably be up at some point. He's in their plans as one of the 8-9 starters teams lineup that they know they'll need over the course of a long season. If not, he'll settle in as a middle reliever. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Will Kyle Hendricks be a GUY for the Cubs in the future?
(Tim from Wrigleyville)
Not really. He will contribute, which is a developmental win. But he's not a top ten talent in their system and his long term future is more of a back-end type at best. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Hey sexy, thanks for doing these chats that get me #wet. My question is about Soler. There have been some people question his #want and aren't very high on him overall. What do you think about him? Oh and do you like Kyle Hendricks?
(LanceArmstrongsMissingTestacle from France)
Elite raw power, but the utility is unlikely to play that high. Soler struggles with the adjustment game, both during at-bats and during games. Not that he's an easy out; he's not. But he has more tools than skills, and pitchers with a plan of attack can exploit his weaknesses. His slow to adjust approach makes the exploitation that much easier, as the recipe will continue to be effective. I don't question his #want as much as I question his feel for the game. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Justin Grimm hasn't been in the discussion much as a SP in Chicago-know he was highly rated going into last season. Have people overreacted to his rough audition in TEX last yr? Thoughts on Kyle Hendricks?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think they have. It wasn't that long ago that Grimm was a potential #3 starter. I think he has retained that upside, but is less likely to reach it. That said he can be a serviceable backend starter and I think he sees plenty of time in Chicago these next two seasons. Hendricks is more of a 5/6 guy. Nice guy to have in the minors. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Kyle Hendricks surprising to the upside or should we be happy if he's a league-average #5?
(Matt from Chicago)
I'd be happy if he made any kind of impact in the majors, at the back of a rotation. Maybe there's a teeny weeny glimmer of a #3 in him, but I doubt it. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kyle Hendricks? What is his ceiling and floor?
(Cubbyboy13 from Las Vegas)
I think he has number 5 starter ceiling and his floor is an up and down guy who can not stick on a big league roster do to lack of stuff. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you done any analysis on Kyle Hendricks? He appears to be that rare breed of finesse righty who has a decent K rate. What gives
(Matt from Chicago)
the word on Kyle is plus command and plus pitchability. Smart kid, too. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)This subject has probably been discussed in a previous chat, but of the young pitchers you've seen this year, who would you say is doing the most (whether it be with location, deception, sequencing, something inexplicable) with the least "stuff"?
(Lucas Apostoleris from getting a haircut)
Kyle Hendricks, Cubs minor leaguer. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised at Kyle Hendricks success this season at AA for Tennessee (Cubs) and should he be considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects?
(Mike from Illinois)
The Cubs are obviously very bat-heavy in their system, and many of the top arms are either hurt (Vizcaino) or at the lower levels (Pierce Johnson in Low-A, Dillon Maples in Low-A, Duane Underwood in extended spring). So by default Hendricks is one of their better arms at the upper levels.

There's nothing too sexy about Hendricks, but he can really pitch, so I'm not surprised he's having success this year. I saw Hendricks a couple times last year in Myrtle Beach. Haven't gotten a report on him last year but here's what I saw located and mixed deep arsenal very well. Not a lot of life on anything but sat 87-91-ish with his fastball but showed the ability to pop 92-93 and the occasional 94 when needed. Very deceptive changeup that also didn't have a lot of movement. He also had a cut-slider and big get-me-over curveball. The stuff is very fringe and it's probably a no. 5 starter at best, but he can locate and mix, so that gives him a shot. (Jason Cole)


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