2022 Player Outlook
Another year of a similar storyline for Hendricks. He ate up innings for the Cubs, didn't walk many batters and already low strikeout numbers took another dip down to just a 6.51 K/9 last year, his lowest mark in a full season at the big league level. Hendricks doesn't miss many bats and pitches to a lot of contact. A .299 BABIP last year, along with an 8.4 percent barrel rate and 81.5 percent contact rate didn't do him any favors. Hendricks needs to have pinpoint command and a little bit of luck to be more than just a veteran innings eater. Hendricks' 2020 season was exceptional, but what occurred in 2021 is more likely to happen in 2022 compared to that 2020 season. His strikeout rate will likely be in the upper teens, and his ERA should come in somewhere around 4.30-4.50. Barring injury, his rotation spot is secure, opening the door to another year of 175+ innings on the bump. If you draft Hendricks, you need to ensure that you have big-time strikeout arms amongst your pitchers to offset the drastic negative Hendricks provides in that category.