Former Portland Pickle Hendrickson selected by the Kansas City Royals
Josh Hendrickson has been a standout player over the last two years, and he capped it all off by fulfilling a dream every young baseball player has. Hendrickson, the tall lefty hailing from Australia was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 20th round with the 602nd overall pick of the 2018 MLB draft on Wednesday.
Hendrickson was a member of the Pickles in the 2017 summer, the talented pitcher left his mark on the Walker Stadium faithful by setting multiple records in his summer stint in Portland. At the same time, the Walker Stadium faithful left their mark on Hendrickson, as he recalls “It was always so much fun to pitch there (Walker Stadium), the fans are so involved and it makes for a really great atmosphere” Hendrickson holds almost every pitching record from his 2017 campaign for the Pickles including: Innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts, including a Pickles record for strikeouts in a game with 14. Hendrickson posted tremendous numbers in the 2017 summer where he had an unbelievable season on the mound, posting a stat line of a 66.2 innings pitched, an 8-1 record, a 2.84 earned run average, and 85 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Pickles, all of which were tops in the Great West League that year.
This last spring, Hendrickson was a member of Barton Community College, an NJCAA school in Great Bend, Kansas. In the 2018 spring, the University of San Diego commit posted an 11-3 record with a 2.52 earned run average and a whopping 125 strikeouts in 96.1 innings, and capped it all off with a trip to the NJCAA world series and a second team all conference selection. All of which were team highs. As for what’s next for Hendrickson, he says he will head out to the Cape League where many newly drafted players go to play and workout. Hendrickson stated he will be out there for a few weeks and during his time there he will be in contact with the team, trying to come to an agreement on a contract. If both parties are unable to come to an agreement, than Hendrickson will follow through with his commitment to the University of San Diego for the spring 2019 season.
Hendrickson is only the second Pickle to be selected in the MLB draft, and he just may be paving the way for many other talented players who get to showcase their skills at Walker Stadium in the summer. Hendrickson raved about the atmosphere that the fans provide each game and said that is what he will always remember about playing baseball under the lights in Portland. We wish Josh the best of luck as he continues on with his baseball career.