Liam Hendriks Round Three, anyone?
According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the ace reliever was at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex in Dunedin on Monday, presumably getting a sales pitch about why he should join the club for a third go-around.
Liam Hendriks in 2021 is obviously a very different Liam Hendriks than the one we saw here between 2014 and 2015.
The Aussie was originally claimed off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and used as a depth starter on a Blue Jays team in 2014 with some hilariously bad pitching woes. He was traded mid-season along with Erik Kratz to Kansas City for Danny Valencia before getting sent back to Toronto in another trade, this time involving prospect Santiago Nessy.
In 2015, Hendriks thrived when the team pivoted him to the bullpen full-time. He posted a 2.92 ERA over 58 appearances while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings in a middle relief role. After that, the Jays sent him to Oakland in exchange for swingman Jesse Chavez, and, from there, Hendriks broke out as one of baseball’s best relievers.
Over the past two seasons, Hendriks has posted a 1.79 ERA over the course of 110 1/3 innings and has struck out 13.1 batters per nine. He earned …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation