Jun 20, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Liam Hendriks throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Pair of Buffalo Bisons named to 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game

Two Buffalo Bisons, who have made several trips up the QEW to help the Toronto Blue Jays this summer, will take part in Wednesday’s Minor League All-Star game, Liam Hendriks and Bobby Korecky.

Liam Hendriks was announced as this years International League starter, which marks the first time the Bisons will have a starter start the All-Star game since Roy Smith in 1993…..that’s 21 years if your counting.  Hendriks, who claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on February 21st of this year, has been sensational in 14 starts with Buffalo Bisons.

Hendriks 2014 Minor League Stats

Year W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2014 7 1 2.19 16 14 1 94.1 79 27 23 5 7 74 0.912 7.5 0.5 0.7 7.1
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Liam Hendriks was once a highly regarded prospect with the Minnesota Twins between 2010 and 2011, but Liam struggled with the Twins when called to the majors. Hendriks has made 3 starts in 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays; Unfortunately, he was once again has been unable to carry the success he’s had in Triple-A with him to the major league level. At 25, Hendriks still has time to stick as a 5th starter with a major league team and carve out a major league career.

Hendriks 2014 Major League Stats

Year W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2014 1 0 6.08 3 3 13.1 12 9 9 3 4 8 6.21 1.200 8.1 2.0 2.7 5.4
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Bobby Korecky has been a valuable RP in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system since 2011. Korecky has enjoyed a lights out season for the Buffalo Bison in 2014, which has led to several call-ups to Toronto. Like Hendriks, Korecky was unable to find the same success with Toronto as he’s had with the Bisons.

Korecky’s 2014 Major League Stats

Year W L ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2014 0 0 8.10 2 3.1 4 3 3 0 1 2 2.84 1.500 10.8 0.0 2.7 5.4
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Korecky’s 2014 Minor League Stats

Year W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2014 4 1 0.57 36 12 47.0 28 3 3 1 11 45 0.830 5.4 0.2 2.1 8.6
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Whether or not either pitcher makes another trip back up the QEW again this summer, their performance in Triple-A this season should be applauded.

Dan Johnson was also named to the Triple-A All-Star Game after leading the International League with 17 home runs during the first half. However he won’t be eligible to play as he’s currently cashing in big league paychecks on the Blue Jays active roster.

Tags: Bobby Korecky Buffalo Bisons Liam Hendriks Toronto Blue Jays

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