02-01-2013, 11:42 AM #21
02-01-2013, 11:53 AM #22
Liam could be a star in Japan. Without an out pitch, it will be a hope in the MLB.
02-01-2013, 11:54 AM #23
02-01-2013, 12:41 PM #24
He's the sort of fellow who very easily could flip the switch and make the rotation much better.
02-01-2013, 01:34 PM #25
One of two things always happens in sports: Either you are feeling pressure, or you are applying pressure. The nice thing is, when you're applying pressure, you don't feel it. Winners are always applying pressure.
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02-01-2013, 02:20 PM #26
I see him in the mold of Radke, sans the changeup. He has to establish strike one. Pitching is much easier when you are ahead in the count. He doesn't have the stuff to pitch from behind in the count all of the time. Baseball Reference has a stat called sOPS+ which compares the pitchers splits at various counts versus the league average. Here is what his sOPS+ was:
Ahead in the count: 110
Behind in the count: 140
Liam Hendriks 2012 Pitching Splits - Baseball-Reference.com
Radke's for his career were:
For Radke's rookie season:
Hopefully Hendriks finds the command and a more effective second pitch to come even close to Radke. Without a better secondary pitch he tops out as a #3 at best and more likely a #4.
02-01-2013, 02:50 PM #27
Just for the fact that he's 23 and only going into the second season as a starter means he's defenitely not a flop.
Hopefully he'll get a shot to be the #5 starter this year, assuming the Twins don't sign Saunders. If they sign Saunders, Hendriks will be relagated to a fill in role again which I think might be bad for his developement. I'd like hime to get to a chance to be the #5 and sink or swim.
Then again you have Gibson who I'd like to see as well, but then Pelfrey might not be ready to go and there's chance of injury so Gibson still get his innings as well.
02-01-2013, 04:01 PM #28
I agree with Parker, he was getting hammered by batters because they were leaning out over the plate on him. I have him as one of the pleasant surprises I expect this year along with Parmalee, so I'm looking forward to seeing him pitch.
02-01-2013, 06:31 PM #29
02-01-2013, 07:44 PM #30
Yeah I can't say I have a real nuanced eye, it's just the vibe I remember getting. From what he has for stuff I really don't see why he can't be a real solid arm for this club going forward.
02-02-2013, 12:26 PM #31
I'm still a big fan of Hendriks, and I'm excited to see what our new pitching coach can do with him
02-02-2013, 02:44 PM #32
02-02-2013, 03:52 PM #33
Hasn't anyone taught him to throw with some sink? Just sink it and cut it a little.
02-02-2013, 10:36 PM #34
02-02-2013, 10:52 PM #35
02-05-2013, 03:53 PM #36
Go back to watching someone like Henry Blanco. Butera works well with some guys. You'll see the obvious difference. Mauer gets screwed sometimes because of how bad a pitcher misses. He's gotten lazy as a catcher. His footwork has gone downhill every year. His blocking, downhill, every year.
Sad part is how obvious it is. The differnce between me calling a game and one of the other catchers on the team I play/coach... are hits, quality hits and runs, every single game. Same pitchers, different catcher calling a game.
02-05-2013, 04:16 PM #37
02-05-2013, 04:20 PM #38