Chicago Cubs rookie starter, Kyle Hendricks, continues to impress. Hendricks was dominant again yesterday, giving up one run on three hits over seven innings in the Cubs 4-1 over the New York Mets. The outing improved Hendricks to 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his first seven big league starts.
We have been raving about Kyle Hendricks now for the last few weeks and with each passing start his success is beginning to seem less like beginners luck and more like flat out dominance. To give some perspective on his performance thus far, take a look at how Hendricks' first seven starts stack up against some of the Cubs’ best pitchers in recent memory.
Kyle Hendricks, 2014
Kerry Wood, 1998
Steve Trachsel, 1993-94
Mark Prior, 2002
Carlos Zambrano, 2001-02
*Greg Maddux, 1986-87
* Indicates member of the Hall of Fame (stats per baseball-reference.com)
Who knows what type of career Kyle Hendricks will end up having, but he is off to one heck of a start and is giving hope to a struggling team. Hendricks’ win yesterday marked his sixth consecutive quality start and the fourth start in a row in which he allowed fewer than one hit per inning.
Kyle Hendricks’ success has also opened the discussion about what type of pitching the Cubs have in their farm system. Hendricks’, a former 8th round pick out of Dartmouth, is one of many Cubs’ pitching prospects who come from rather low-key baseball backgrounds. The team’s system also consists of, top pitching prospect, CJ Edwards who was a former 48th round selection, Dallas Beeler, a former 41st round selection out of Oral Roberts University, Eric Jokisch, a former 11th round pick out of Northwestern University, and Zac Rosscup, a former 28th round pick. It’s easy to get caught up in a pitcher’s pedigree or his velocity, but at the end of the day getting hitters out is all that matters and these guys know how to do that. That being said, it may not be long before we see a few more “sleeper picks” taking the mound at Wrigley Field.
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