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Twins demote Liam Hendriks back to Triple-A again

Jul 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Twins Indians Baseball AP

For the second time this season the Twins have turned to their reigning minor league pitcher of the year Liam Hendriks in the starting rotation, been disappointing by the results, and sent the 23-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A.

Hendriks, who lasted just four innings yesterday against the Tigers, is 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 career starts and has served up 13 homers in 62 innings as a big leaguer after allowing a total of just three homers in 96 innings at Triple-A.

He was the Twins’ top pitching prospect coming into the season, but that was more by default as part of a very weak farm system, and long term he projects as a strike-throwing mid-rotation starter. For now 27-year-old career minor leaguer Cole DeVries will take his spot in the rotation after faring surprisingly well in some fill-in opportunities.

  1. pmcenroe - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Its been frustrating to watch and I’m sure he is even more frustrated. Real bummer Kyle Gibson has been out, I’m sure he would have gotten his chance by now.

  2. meadowlark89 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    He pitched well last night until the 5th inning, just a shame, now the Twins should trade Liriano and get back 2 decent prospects before its too late.

  3. Detroit Michael - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Hendriks entered the fifth inning yesterday leading 6-1 and couldn’t stay in the game long enough to possibly qualify for the win. Despite Gardenhire’s kind words to the media after the game, Hendriks had to know that wasn’t a good sign.

    • mplsjoe - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      After the game, Hendricks blamed the team scoring so many runs for his inability to get loose for the 5th. It’s too bad, because he seems like a nice guy and supposedly has good stuff. But his results have been terrible.

  4. Liam - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I wonder how often strangers talk to Hendriks about Liam Neeson movies.

    • dluxxx - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Probably as often as they ask him if his brother Noel is really as much of a jerk as they have heard.

      • dluxxx - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Or should I have said about as often as he’s asked when Oasis is going on tour again? Either way, probably the same amount of times. Zero.

  5. ndnut - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Don’t trade Frankie or any pitchers we have. They’re decent but we need more. Trade Danny Valencia, a major league 3rd base man who is buried under Trevor Plouffe.

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