From BR Bullpen
Thomas J. Hendricks
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 218 lb.
 Biographical Information
Hendricks had a 2.43 ERA in college in 2001, fourth-lowest in the Gulf South Conference and made All-Conference. Hendricks began his professional career in 2003, allowing six runs on 11 hits in four innings for the Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks. In 2004, he moved to Belgium's Brasschaat Braves and went 8-0 with a 1.49 ERA to help the team to the title.
Returning to the US in 2005, the big left-hander went 7-2 with a 4.67 ERA for the Fort Worth Cats. T.J. moved to the Shreveport Sports and had a 7-4, 3.45 record in 2006. He walked only 26 in 104 1/3 innings. He had the 8th-best ERA in the American Association for hurlers with over 100 innings. In '07, T.J. bombed with the Coastal Bend Aviators (1-7, 5.27, 79 H, 8 BB in 56 1/3 IP) and Shreveport (2-5, 9.26, 61 H in 35 IP). He tied for the American Association lead in losses and had the highest ERA of any pitcher with 15 or more starts. Hendricks was 0-1 for the 2008 Pensacola Pelicans with 25 hits and 13 runs in 11 2/3 innings. Overall, his record was 17-19, 5.22 in the independent leagues.
Back in Belgium in 2009, he tossed 13 shutout innings for the Hoboken Pioneers with 6 hits and 16 strikeouts. He allowed three runs in two innings for the 2010 Pioneers. For Hoboken in the 2011 European Cup, he was 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA despite eight walks in 8 2/3 innings. He got the start and win in the Pioneers' upset of the German Heidenheim Heidekoepfe club. He carried a 8-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th, then walked one batter before retiring two more. He finally faded, allowing a RBI double to Simon Gühring. Randy Giorgiadis made an error, then Michael Weigl walked, Robert Gruber singled and Alexander Lauterbach walked to close it to 8-6. Derek Bondo relieved Hendricks and Hoboken held on for a 8-7 win.