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10/21/1982 (34 y, 5 m, 3 d)
2006 Rule 5 (3A phase) - Round: 1, Pick: 3, Overall: 3, Team: Chicago Cubs
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
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Henderson earned some closer run in the dumpster fire known as the 2012 Brewers bullpen. Milwaukee is committed to John Axford to begin the season, but Henderson could be in the mix if things go south again quickly in 2013. Henderson's story and profile are uncannily similar to that of Axford -- a hard-throwing righty surging to a major league debuts in his late 20s on the back of improved control. Now 30, Henderson posted 13.8 strikeouts per nine last season with a 95 mph fastball. He has a vanilla relief arsenal, but enough power to do some damage. Definitely worth monitoring. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Henderson's high-90s fastball gives him enough strikeout punch to warrant some late-inning usage. He's behind John Axford for now, but keep an eye on the situation in the early going this year.
Once he stepped into the closer's role vacated by John Axford, Henderson provided ample fantasy value. He saved 28 games with an above-average 11.25 strikeout rate. The WHIP wasn't anything special, but a .261 batting average on balls in play and sparkling 88.4% strand rate helped keep the ERA depressed. The right-hander struggled down the stretch, though, posting a 5.59 ERA in September and experiencing some home run issues. He also must develop a pitch to neutralize lefties. As a fastball-slider pitcher, he's got a significant platoon split between lefties (4.73 FIP) and righties (2.62 FIP), which is obviously undesirable in a closer. Henderson will begin the season as the Brewers' closer and should be a good source of strikeouts, but the platoon issues combined with the late-season implosion should make fantasy owners pause before pulling the trigger on draft day. There's a very good chance he doesn't make it through the season as the team's closer. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
He's officially the closer in Milwaukee and impressed with a 2.70 ERA in 60 innings, but late-season struggles cast a rather large shadow on his expected 2014 campaign.
Henderson entered 2014 with a shaky hold on the Brewers' closer job. He flopped with a 7.15 ERA in 11.1 innings before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. His status for 2015 is unknown. Before the injury caught up to him, Henderson actually posted strong peripherals -- 13.50 strikeouts per nine, 3.18 walks per nine, and a 2.39 xFIP. The fly ball pitcher allowed an unusual quantity of home runs -- three in his limited work -- along with a .423 batting average on balls in play. A healthy Henderson could return as a relief ace, but shoulder injuries are always a concern. The 32-year-old isn't well suited for Milwaukee's Miller Park, which is among the most home run friendly in the league. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Henderson lost his job and his arm health last season, but he maintained strong peripherals through the worst. The bigger issue is rehabbing his way back from injury.
After years in the minors for multiple organizations, 29-year-old Jim Henderson finally got his shot in 2012 with the Brewers. In Steve Delabar-esque fashion, he promptly started striking batters out at a stunning 30% plus rate. While he also walked a plenty of batters, it was hardly a killer, especially with that strikeout rate. He turned out to be mostly a fly ball pitcher, too, but again, you can work with when you're striking out one in three batters. In 2013, Henderson got 60 innings and dominated the whole season, even saving 28 games. Then, just like that, it was over. In 2014, Henderson's ERA was an ugly 7.15, but it was just over 11 innings during which he still struck out hitters at his usual rate. He spent the rest of the season recovering, then spent 2015 in the minors for Milwaukee. After the season, he signed a minor league deal with the Mets. Henderson obviously has some potential usefulness, but at this point he's still a long shot to make the Mets roster, and even then, he has almost no fantasy value. Ah, the fantasy fate of the middle reliever (and of those writing them up). (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Jim Henderson looked amazing a few years ago. After missing most of 2014 and spending 2015 in the minors, he is looking to make the Mets Opening Day roster. It is hard to see how that equates to fantasy value.
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