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Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Big Green (left) and the Chicago Cubs in spring training.

Hendricks Gets the Call to the Big Leagues

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 07/08/2014
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HANOVER, N.H.Kyle Hendricks, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012, is getting the call up from the minor leagues to join the 25-man roster of the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to make his Major League debut as the Cubs’ starting pitcher on Thursday in Cincinnati in the final game of a five-game series against the Reds, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (EDT).

A right-hander out of San Juan Capistrano, California, Hendricks helped Dartmouth win three Rolfe Division titles and a pair of Ivy League crowns in his three years playing for Big Green head coach Bob Whalen. Hendricks went 15-12 with a 4.87 ERA, striking out 174 batters and walking just 40 in 186.2 collegiate innings before being drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers after his junior campaign. In his final year in Hanover, Hendricks posted a 5-3 record and a 2.47 ERA as the opposition hit just .236 against him while he fanned 70 and walked a mere 11 in 62.0 innings to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors.

This season, Hendricks was pitching in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) for the Iowa Cubs, the top farm club for Chicago. In 102.2 innings, he had a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA, 97 strikeouts and just 23 walks. Hendricks, recently named to the PCL All-Star Team, was the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.00 ERA while posting a 13-4 record for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the Iowa Cubs. He was acquired by Chicago from the Rangers on July 31, 2012 in a trade that netted Texas veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster. In Hendricks’ four minor league seasons, he has a 31-19 record and a 2.69 ERA in over 450 innings on the mound.

Hendricks will be the 30th Big Green alumnus to play in the big leagues and second in the past two seasons, joining the Miami Marlins’ Ed Lucas ’04 who made his MLB debut on May 30, 2013. Other notable Dartmouth alums to make it to “The Show” are current Detroit Tigers manager Brad Aumus ’91, Mark Johnson ’90, Mike Remlinger ’88, Jim Beattie ’76, Pete Broberg ’72 and former Dartmouth Athletics Director and New York Yankee four-time All-Star third baseman Red Rolfe ’31.
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