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Kyle Hendricks
Birthdate: 12/7/1989 (27 y, 3 m, 19 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/165     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 8, Pick: 23, Overall: 264, Team: Texas Rangers
Contract: $0.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Hendricks will pitch in the team's fifth game of the season April 8 in Milwaukee, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Kyle Hendricks evolved from fifth starter and fringe fantasy option to a pitcher who is likely to be heavily pursued in drafts this year. In deploying his changeup 27.0% of the time last year, more than any starter not named Marco Estrada, Hendricks was able to realize another level of his potential. He maintained a strikeout rate of 8.09 per nine, a very similar mark to his 2015 total. His walks remained extremely low, coming in 12th among major league starters with 2.06 walks per nine. Opposing hitters went for an average of just .250 on balls that they put into play, as Hendricks was able to induce soft contact 25.0% of the time. That represented a sizable increase from 2015, where they went for an 18.7 Soft%. Also of note is his ground ball rate, as it remained high at 48.4% in 2016. He's likely not going to repeat a 2.13 ERA, as his 3.20 FIP was much more in line with what he's done throughout his career, but there are no shortage of reasons to like Hendricks. A combination of low walks and a high GB% in front of an infield defense that is as good as the Cubs are likely makes him among the more reliable entities on the bump in the coming season. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: With a fastball that tops out in the high-80s, Kyle Hendricks obviously doesn't possess overpowering stuff. However, his formula of a delightful changeup, minuscule walk rate, and high GB% make him among the more intriguing pitching options in 2017.

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