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Ryan Hendrix
Trending: ↑ 40%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 215LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 5, #138, Cincinnati Reds | Texas A&M
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 0 2.33 16 0 2 19.1 23 1.14
Career Minors 16 10 2.55 132 2 22 172.2 234 1.21
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 16 3-0 2.33 19.1 23 1.14
Career Minors 132 16-10 2.55 172.2 234 1.21

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2016 2 Teams Minors 3 1 3.57 21 0 0 35.1 32 14 14 0 13 36 1.27
2016 Billings Mustangs PIO ROK 0 0 5.19 6 0 0 8.2 11 5 5 0 5 5 1.85
2016 Dayton Dragons MID A(Full) 3 1 3.04 15 0 0 26.2 21 9 9 0 8 31 1.09
2017 2 Teams Minors 5 5 2.90 47 0 8 62.0 48 26 20 6 29 88 1.24
2017 Dayton Dragons MID A(Full) 4 1 2.36 23 0 6 34.1 19 11 9 2 10 61 0.84
2017 Daytona Tortugas FSL A(Adv) 1 4 3.58 24 0 2 27.2 29 15 11 4 19 27 1.73
2018 Daytona Tortugas FSL A(Adv) 4 4 1.76 44 0 12 51.0 38 19 10 2 26 79 1.25
2019 2 Teams Minors 4 0 1.85 20 2 2 24.1 15 7 5 0 8 31 0.95
2019 AZL Reds AZL ROK 1 0 0.00 4 2 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 8 0.20
2019 Chattanooga Lookouts SOU AA 3 0 2.33 16 0 2 19.1 14 6 5 0 8 23 1.14

Scouting Report

2020

Hendrix missed three months of the 2019 season because of a right elbow strain while with Double-A Chattanooga but it didn’t diminish his rising star potential. The right-handed reliever opened the year with 10 1/3 scoreless innings and 15 strikeouts in April. After returning from his injury in July, he finished the year with a 2.33 ERA over 16 games overall. That helped get him added to Cincinnati’s 40-man roster after the season.

Projections for a big league reliever still fit Hendrix, who has a power two-pitch mix: a plus-plus fastball that ranges 94-98 mph but has reached 99 mph, and an above average slider/curveball. He can generate swings-and-misses with a 12.2 K/9 ratio over his pro career entering 2020. He can also generate weaker contact on the ground.

It was a short sample size but Hendrix was able to cut down on his walk rate from 4.6 per nine innings to 3.7. He’s also starting to develop the confidence he was lacking when he initially entered pro ball as a 2016 fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curve: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

When the Reds scouted Hendrix at Texas A&M, they thought his stuff as a reliever could have placed him in the top two rounds of the 2016 Draft. But he struggled in his junior year, so he was still on the board when the Reds picked in the fifth round that June. His power stuff has played well in the lower levels of the Minors, and he was a Florida State League All-Star in 2018.

With big stuff that projects well for the Major Leagues as a reliever, Hendrix has two effective pitches with a plus-plus 94-98 mph fastball and an above-average power curveball that ranges from 87-90 mph. There is no question he has swing-and-miss stuff, with a 12.3 K/9 ratio entering 2019. He also gets a lot of weak contact on the ground, as evidenced by his 1.60 GO/AO ratio through the 2018 season.

Hendrix still has work to do to sharpen his command and control after he had 4.9 walks-per-nine innings last season at Daytona while he posted a 1.76 ERA in 44 games. He doesn't need to have pinpoint control in short relief, but more consistent strikes could lead to him getting high-leverage innings late in games.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

A 17th-round pick out of high school by the Indians, Hendrix didn't get much work as a Texas A&M freshman but became nearly unhittable coming out of the bullpen as a sophomore last year. He continued to dominate for the first month of this season, putting himself in position to be one of the first relievers selected and a possible second-round pick. Then his performance and velocity dipped, making him more of a wild card.

Early in the year, Hendrix sat at 94-96 mph and reached 98 with his lively fastball. He worked more at 92-94 mph when he slumped, topping out at 97 on some days and just 92 on others. He has one of the best curveballs in the Draft, a power downer that can climb into the mid-80s, though it too was less sharp in the latter part of the season.

Hendrix also has a changeup with some sink and deception, but he'll almost certainly remain a reliever in pro ball. He has had little success as a starter in college, lacks consistent control and command and has a delivery that puts a lot of stress on his shoulder. If he can regain his power stuff, he could become a big league closer.


2016

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

A 17th-round pick out of high school by the Indians, Hendrix didn't get much work as a Texas A&M freshman, but he became nearly unhittable coming out of the bullpen as a sophomore last year. He continued to dominate for the first month of his junior season, putting himself in position to be one of the first relievers selected. A dip in velocity caused his stock to drop a bit, with the Reds nabbing him in the fifth round. 

Early in the year, Hendrix sat at 94-96 mph and reached 98 with his lively fastball. He worked more at 92-94 mph when he slumped, topping out at 97 on some days and just 92 on others. He had one of the best curveballs in the Draft, a power downer that can climb into the mid 80s, though it too was less sharp in the latter part of the season.

Hendrix also has a changeup with some sink and deception, but he's likely a reliever long-term because of command and delivery concerns. The Reds kept him in the bullpen, and he advanced to full-season ball during his summer debut.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/02/2020 Cincinnati Reds activated RHP Ryan Hendrix.
09/28/2020 Cincinnati Reds recalled RHP Ryan Hendrix from Reds Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Reds Alternate Training Site from Chattanooga Lookouts.
03/10/2020 Cincinnati Reds optioned RHP Ryan Hendrix to Chattanooga Lookouts.
11/20/2019 Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of Ryan Hendrix from Chattanooga Lookouts.
08/02/2019 Chattanooga Lookouts activated RHP Ryan Hendrix from the 7-day injured list.
07/23/2019 Chattanooga Lookouts sent RHP Ryan Hendrix on a rehab assignment to AZL Reds.
05/02/2019 Chattanooga Lookouts placed RHP Ryan Hendrix on the 7-day injured list. Right elbow strain.
04/02/2019 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts.
02/24/2019 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
03/24/2018 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
06/22/2017 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Dayton Dragons.
03/19/2017 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
07/13/2016 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Dayton Dragons from Billings Mustangs.
06/21/2016 Cincinnati Reds signed RHP Ryan Hendrix.
06/21/2016 RHP Ryan Hendrix assigned to Billings Mustangs.