Clayton Allen Hensley...pitched collegiately in 2002 at Lamar (TX) University after a strong showing at Alvin (TX) Community College...struck out a Lamar single-game record 17 batters, May 2, 2002 vs. UT-Arlington...holds the Lamar single-season record for strikeouts (127 in 100.0 innings, '02)...played center field and ran track at Pearland (TX) High outside Houston...did not immediately pitch or play after high school, but eventually caught the eye of Alvin CC's Head Coach Brian Alexander...from there, matriculated to Lamar, where original intent was to serve as closer.
Pitched in the Reds and Brewers chains, and enjoyed a strong stint (0.63 ERA in 14 relief appearances) with Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic League...posted a 3.92 ERA in 19 combined appearances with the Brewers' and Reds' Triple-A affiliates in Nashville and Louisville, respectfully...pitched in one game and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning of relief for Este in the Dominican Winter League, Dec. 11 vs. Aguilas.
Returned to original organization and appeared in 60 games Bruce Bochy's World Champion Giants...posted a 8 holds and 3 saves (Aug. 18 at SDP, June 23 at OAK, April 20 at NYM), but was not a member of the Giants' postseason roster (NLDS, NLCS or World Series)...worked scoreless relief for the 3 saves, all of which occurred on the road in one-run contests...recorded a 3.66 ERA in 37 games before the All-Star break, 6.27 in 23 appearances after...4 of 5 home runs allowed were solo shots.
Had an up and down season with Marlins as he pitched mostly as reliever, while also making 9
starts for Florida...overall, went 6-7 with 5.19 ERA (39er, 67.2ip) and 46 strikeouts in 37 games ... Had pronounced lefty/righty splits on season as lefthanders
hit .171 (22-for-191) and righties batted .305
(40-for-131) off him. ... Was having solid season, going 0-0 with 7 holds and 2.77
ERA (4er, 13.0ip) in his 1st 16 games before he was placed
on DL with left rib contusion (May 7-22). ... Came back from injury, and appeared in only 4 games
before being placed again on DL with sprained right
shoulder (June 2- July 18). ... After being activated from DL, was put into starting rotation,
making 9-straight starts for Marlins...as starter,
went 2-4 with 6.21 ERA (29er, 42.0ip) while tossing more
than 6.0 innings once (7.0 on July 29). ... Finished season in 'pen, as he went 4-1 with 3.38 ERA
(4er, 10.2ip) in 9 games. ... Won career-high 4-straight games Sept. 4-19.
Began 2010 on his third Opening Day roster and first since 2007 while with San Diego. Appeared
in a career-high 68 games, sporting a 3-4 record with seven saves (10 opportunities) and a 2.16
ERA. Walked 29 while striking out 77. He led all Marlin relievers in ERA and strikeouts, while ranking
11th in ERA and 13th in strikeouts among all National League relievers ... Began the season by not allowing an earned run over his first 15 home appearances (allowed an
unearned run in his first home appearance on April 9 vs. Los Angeles). Did not allow an earned
run at Sun Life Stadium until June 1 vs. Milwaukee ... He earned his first win of the year on April 11 against Los Angeles, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of
relief. Dropped his next four decisions before earning his second win on August 7 vs. St. Louis ... On April 28 vs. San Diego, struck out six of seven total batters faced (one hit by pitch). In his next
game, on April 30 vs. Washington, tallied a career-high in strikeouts as a reliever with seven.
Tossed a season-high 3.0 innings in the game. The seven strikeouts were the most ever in a single
game by a Marlins reliever ... Missed 17 games with a strained neck muscle, landing on the 15-day DL on June 18 (retro to June
12). He was returned from rehab and activated on July 2 ... Allowed a season-high three runs on July 19 vs. Colorado. Surrendered two runs in a single outing
only three times; April 5 at New York, April 24 at Colorado and June 8 at Philadelphia ... Following his July 19 appearance, he allowed just five runs over his final 33 outings. He did not
allow a single run from August 25 on, tossing 18.0 scoreless innings over his final 17 games. In that
time he was seven for seven in save opportunities and allowed just eight hits ... He recorded his first career save on September 10 at Washington, entering the game with two
outs in the eighth inning. Saved all three games of the series against the Nationals, becoming
the first Marlins closer to save each game in a three-game series since Armando Benitez did so
against the Phillies from April 9-11, 2004.
Began his eighth professional season with triple-A Round Rock, going 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in six
games (one start) for the Express. Signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on May 13,
reporting to triple-A New Orleans...With the Zephyrs, posted a 8-4 mark and 3.24 ERA, including one complete game shutout, in 19
starts. He led the club in strikeouts (82), ranked second in wins and third in inning pitched (114.0)...Tossed his seventh career minor league complete game on August 29 at Omaha, surrendering
just four hits with two walks and strikeouts...10 of his 19 starts qualified as quality starts (6.0 IP/3 ER or less)...In 11 starts at home, posted a 7-2 record and 2.38 ERA (72.0 IP/19 ER). On the road, went 1-2 with
one complete game and a 4.71 ERA (42.0 IP/22 ER) in eight starts...Posted identical 4-2 records prior to and after the All-Star break. Before the break, owned a 2.89
ERA (56.0 IP/18 ER) in nine starts. In the second half of the season, his ERA rose to 3.57 (58.0 IP/28
ER) in 10 starts...Struck out a season-best nine batters in 5.2 innings on August 12 at Sacramento...Limited opponents to three or fewer runs 13 times...Held right handed hitters to a .230 average against (52x226), while left handers hit at a .265 clip
(53x200)...Connected for his second professional home run on July 18 at Albuquerque.
Started 2008 campaign on 15-day Disabled List with a right shoulder strain...after being reinstated on June 6, was optioned to triple-
A Portland...went 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in 32 games (one start) over two stints with Padres.
Made the Major League Opening Day roster for the second consecutive year...went 2-3 with a
6.84 ERA (38 ER/50.0 IP), 30 strikeouts and 32 walks in 13 appearances (nine starts) for the Padres...2-3 with
a 7.17 (34 ER/42.2 IP) in his nine starts...both wins came against the Rockies (4/21 at COL; 8/16 vs. COL)...
posted a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP) over four relief appearances...began the season in the starting rotation, going
1-3 with a 7.62 ERA (24 ER/28.1 IP) in his first six starts of the season (San Diego was 2-4 in those outings)...
placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/4 (retroactive to 5/3) due to a strained right groin suffered in his
start on 5/2 vs. WSH...reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on 6/1 and subsequently optioned to Triple-A
Portland...recalled from Portland on 7/25 and went to the bullpen, tallying a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) over three
relief outings 7/26-31...started against the Giants on 8/4 at PETCO Park, receiving a no-decision in the Padres
3-2 win in 12 innings...yielded Barry Bonds' 755th career home run to tie Hank Aaron's all-time record in that
game...optioned back to Portland the following day (8/5)...recalled on 8/16 and made two starts before being
optioned back to Portland on 8/26...recalled from Portland when the Beavers season ended (9/4)...placed
on the 60-day disabled list 9/25 after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right
shoulder on 9/21, performed by Dr. Jan Fronek and Dr. Heinz Hoenecke at Scripps Clinic at Torrey Pines.
TEAM WINS: Despite losing each of his first three starts of the season, the Padres had a 5-4 record in his
nine starts overall in 2007...the club won five of his last six starts, including each of his last four...allowed two
runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, including two quality starts (4/21 at COL; 4/27 vs. LAD).
DOWN ON THE FARM: In 13 starts overall for Triple-A Portland , went 2-7 with a 6.72 ERA (53 ER/71.0
IP), 50 strikeouts and 34 walks...made three rehabilitation starts for Portland, 5/20-30, going 1-1 with a 7.30
ERA (10 ER/12.1 IP).
Made the Major League Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...went 11-12
with a 3.71 ERA (77 ER/187.0 IP), setting career highs in wins, games (37), games started (29), and innings
pitched...started the season in the bullpen and made eight relief appearances, going 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA
(7 ER/10.0 IP) in those games...made his first start of 2006 on April 18, tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball
at Colorado...compiled a 3-1 record with a 2.93 ERA (13 ER/40.0 IP) in six starts in May...allowed only one
earned run over a 21.0-inning span from the fourth inning of his August 9 start at New York (NL) through his
Aug. 26 start at Colorado...lowered his ERA from 4.33 to 3.94 over the four-game stretch...threw a careerhigh
4.0 innings of relief Aug. 20 vs. Arizona, striking out
four while allowing one unearned run.
KEEPING IT IN THE PARK: Did not allow a home run in
seven consecutive outings (six starts) from July 23- Aug.
26...a span of 41.1 innings without surrendering a long ball.
SITTING 'EM DOWN: Set his single-game career-high by
striking out nine Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh...his 122 strikeouts
placed third on the Padres behind Jake Peavy (215) and
Chris Young (164).
GOING THE DISTANCE: Hensley tossed his first complete-
game shutout May 14 at Chicago (NL)...held the Cubs
scoreless on two hits over 9.0 innings...also tied a Major
League record (9.0-inning game) by striking out five times at
the plate...became the first player to strike out five times and
toss a complete game in the same outing since Bert Blyleven
did it with Pittsburgh on July 29, 1979.
PLAYOFF PROWESS: Tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief in the 2006 Division Series against the St.
Louis Cardinals...appeared in two games, allowing two hits and a walk.
Made his Major League debut on July 20 at New York
(NL) and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings...blanked the Phillies for 2.0 innings in his next outing July 22...in all,
he pitched 2.0 or more innings on 14 accounts, including one start...his one start came Sept. 10 at Los
Angeles when he took the tough luck loss as he tossed 5.0 innings, allowing just one earned run...made 24
appearances for the Padres, posting a team-low 1.70 ERA (9 ER/47.2 IP).
GETTING THE FIRST ONE: Picked up his first Major League win on Sept. 27 vs. San Francisco...
threw 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.
PRODUCTION IN PORTLAND: Made his 2005 debut at Triple-A Portland on April 26 and pitched 1.0
inning of relief..moved to the starting rotation on May 2...appeared in 15 games (14 starts) and posted a
2.99 ERA (30 ER/90.1 IP)...proved to be more effective at home as he owned a 2.04 ERA vs. a 4.34 mark on
the road...won in his last start with the Beavers on July 15 before his contract was purchased by the Padres
on July 18.
NICE ADDITION: Hensley allowed just one earned run in 15.2 IP (0.57 ERA) over a span of 10 games from
July 31-Aug. 29...during the stretch, he struck out 14 batters...in addition, he pitched scoreless relief in 18
of his 24 appearances in 2005.
Posted a career-high win total, going 11-10 with two complete games, one
shutout, and a 4.30 ERA (76 ER/159.0 IP) in 27 starts at Double-A Mobile...tied for the organizational lead
in victories and ranked fourth in strikeouts (125)...among Southern League leaders, tied for the first in complete
games, tied for second in shutouts, ranked third in innings, tied for third in wins, tied for third in games
started, and ranked fourth in strikeouts...Of his 27 trips to the mound, 14 were quality starts...went
undefeated over 10 consecutive starts June 13-Aug. 7, picking up five wins and lowering his ERA from 5.55
to 4.61 in the process...highlighted the streak by tossing 7.0 shutout innings en route to a 2-0 complete-game
victory in the second game of a July 17 doubleheader at West Tennessee...At the plate, batted .214 (9-for-42) with two doubles,
one home run and three RBI...connected for his lone homer, a solo shot, May 24 at West Tennessee.
Made 25 starts between San Francisco's Single-A Hagerstown and San Jose affi liates, and then Single-A Lake
Elsinore, going 9-10 with three complete games, two shutouts and a 3.81 ERA (60 ER/141.2 IP)...fi nished
tied for the South Atlantic League lead in shutouts and tied for third in complete games...tossed the first
perfect game in the 10-year history of the Hagerstown Suns on May 3 vs. Kannapolis...struck out a career high
10 batters and threw 59 of 81 pitches for strikes en route to a 2-0 victory...was helped in the perfect
game bid, the second in the minors in 2003, by not allowing a ball to be hit out of the infield...went on to win
three consecutive starts May 3-14...tossed 7.0 scoreless innings for a 5-0 win in the second game of a June
8 doubleheader at Lakewood...was promoted to San Jose June 18 and made five starts with the Cal League
Giants before being acquired by the Padres...finished the season with Lake Elsinore, where he posted his
second three-game winning streak, July 31-Aug. 16.
Was selected by the Giants in the eighth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft and began his career at
Short-A Salem-Keizer...went a perfect 7-0 with a 2.53 ERA (23 ER/81.2 IP) in 15 starts...tied for the Northwest
League lead in starts and complete games (1)...tied for second among league leaders in wins (7), ranked fifth
in strikeouts (84) and innings pitched (84)...recorded eight quality starts, including two outings in which he
did not allow a run: June 26 at Tri-City (6.0 IP) and Aug. 12 vs. Eugene (7.0 IP)...won three straight starts
Aug. 17-28, allowing five earned runs in 18.0 innings...sparked the streak by fanning a season-high nine
batters in 6.0 innings Aug. 17 vs. Spokane.