Full name SAMUEL D. HENTGES...Engaged, Caitlin Haugen...Graduated from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN in 2014 and pitched the school to the Class 3A Minnesota state baseball title during his junior and senior years...Finished senior season with an 8-0 record and a 0.56 earned-run average (85 SO in 50 innings)…Named 2013-14 Gatorade Minnesota Baseball Player of the Year...Growing up, his favorite player to watch was Torii Hunter with the Minnesota Twins...Enjoys golfing away from the field.
Spent 2020 season at the club's Alternate Training Site in Lake County...Was a member of the 12-player Taxi Squad in September...Made three appearances in Spring Training for Cleveland, posting a 13.50 ERA (2.2IP, 5H, 6R/4ER, 3BB, 2SO).
Spent the entire season at Class-AA Akron, finishing fourth in the Eastern League and the Indians farm system in strikeouts (126)...Also finished among Eastern League leaders in starts (T1st), innings pitched (12th) and losses (T1st)...Over his last six starts he posted a 4.20 ERA (30.0IP, 30H, 14ER, 35SO)...Posted a 2.38 ERA in six May starts (9ER/33.0IP)...Batters hit .355 (49-for-138) off him with RISP.
Spent the entire season at Class-A Lynchburg, posting the second-lowest ERA (3.27) and third-most strikeouts (122) in the Carolina League...Was a Mid-Season Carolina League All-Star and MiLB.com organizational All-Star...Did not pitch after August 15 due to a left shoulder strain...Final start of the season was his best of the season, Aug. 15 at Wilmington (6.1IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7SO)...Over his final 12 starts of the season he posted an ERA of 2.69 (19ER/63.2IP)...Recorded four starts of at least 6.0 innings and zero runs allowed and fanned 10 on April 17 vs. Frederick...Allowed only four homers in 118.1 innings...Batters hit .230 (46-for-200) off him with runners on and .231 (27-for-117) with RISP...Added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20.
Season did not begin until 7/8 due to elbow surgery the previous July...Made six starts on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League before being activated at Mahoning Valley on 8/9, finishing the season with five outstanding starts (2.04 ERA).
Limited to 14 starts at Class-A Lake County due to a left elbow strain, did not pitch after 6/23 and underwent left elbow reconstruction in July.
Led AZL Indians with 59 strikeouts, third-most in the league.