Cubs prospect Kyle Hendricks is on a roll with Triple-A Iowa

Cubs prospect Kyle Hendricks is on a roll with Triple-A Iowa
May 19, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Kyle Hendricks is used to winning minor-league awards by now.

The Cubs' 2013 minor league pitcher of the year was named the Pacific Coast League's pitcher of the week Monday.

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Hendricks only had one start during the May 12-18 period, but tossed eight shutout innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters. He retired 16 in a row during the start and threw 71 percent strikes.

The 24-year-old righty is 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in eight starts with Triple-A Iowa, striking out 54 batters in 50 innings compared to just 11 walks. He hasn't allowed an earned run in back-to-back starts, surrendering just 11 hits and one walk over 14 innings while racking up 17 strikeouts in that span.

When the Cubs begin trading away starting pitchers, Hendricks has positioned himself to be one of the first calls the big-league club makes to fill holes in the rotation.

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Hendricks becomes the third Iowa pitcher to win the PCL weekly award, following Tsuyoshi Wada (who took home the accolade in the opening week) and Chris Rusin (who received the honor last week after his no-hitter).