The Phillies have been on the lookout for a left-handed starting pitcher since Cole Hamels was traded back in 2015. They may have finally found one in the 38th round of the 2019 amateur draft, Josh Hendrickson.
Josh was a 38th round (1,140th overall) pick in the 2019 Draft. The Phillies signed him and sent the 22-year-old out of San Diego State to Lakewood where he pitched in five game allowing only one run in 19.2 innings. In two starts with the BlueClaws, he pitched 9.2 shutout innings allowing only four hits and striking out ten.
A native of Perth Australia, he is now pitching for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League where he has pitched to a 1.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, striking out 28 while walking only 2 in 18.2 innings this season. He currently leads the ABL in WHIP, strikeouts per nine, strikeout to walk ratio and is second in ERA.
Two weekends ago for Perth, Hendrickson pitched five, no-hit, no-run, innings striking out ten the allowing only a walk. On Sunday against the Adelaide Giants he pitched five more shutout innings allowing only three unearned runs in the fourth inning.
The highlight of the game was Hendrickson striking out four Giants in a row in the third and fourth innings, Logan O’Hoppe, Mitch Edwards, Rixon Wingrove and Cole Stobbe, all Phillies prospects went down swinging. Watch video from the game, to view the strikeouts, (from 25:30-28:35 and from 43:16- 47:00).
Josh Hendrickson is definitely one to watch on the mound in the Phillies 2020 minor league spring training!