Chicago Cubs’ prospect Kyle Hendricks was named the Pacific Coast League’s pitcher of the week Monday.
Hendricks, 24, had only one start last week, but threw eight shutout innings in a 2-0 Triple-A Iowa Cubs win on May 15. He had a career-high 11 strikeouts with no walks and retired 16 batters in a row during the start.
The right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA (17 ER/50 IP) and 1.12 WHIP over eight starts with Iowa. He has not allowed an earned run in back-to-back starts and has not surrendered a home run this season. He ranks third in strikeouts with 54 and fourth with a 9.72 K/9 in the PCL.
Hendricks, the Cubs’ 15th-ranked prospect, was acquired by the Cubs on July 31, 2012 as part of the Ryan Dempster deal with the Texas Rangers. This marks the second-straight week an Iowa pitcher has earned the honor and the third this season, following Tsuyoshi Wada and Chris Rusin. Wada took the honor during the opening week and Rusin won the accolade last week after his no-hitter.