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 ERA (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.
Spent most of the year at the Major League level, his first taste of the Majors in his eighth professional season...Had stretches of dominance, mainly out of the bullpen, and enjoyed a positive final month heading into the offseason... Was promoted to the Majors on April 17 after being assigned to the Columbus Alternate Site out of Spring Training...Was with the club over two stints, April 17-July 4 and again from July 22-end of season...Made three relief appearances with AAA Columbus during his July stint with the Clippers...Made MLB debut on Apr. 20 vs. CWS, striking out three mixed in with an Abreu homer...Recorded his first ML win in his second outing, April 25 vs. New York-AL...Was in the rotation over three stretches in May, June and August, respectively... Made first ML start on May 12 vs. Chicago-NL (0R, 4.2IP) and worked 5.0 IP in two starts, the last of which came in his finest outing of the season on June 20 at Pittsburgh (5.0IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 4SO)...As a starter he was 0-4 with a 7.90 ERA in 12 starts (30ER/41.0IP)...Best work was done out of the bullpen, posting a relief ERA of 4.88 for the season (27.2IP, 37H, 15ER, 32SO)...Walked five batters in relief compared to 27 in 41.0 starter IP...Over his last nine outings, Sept. 3-Oct. 2, he recorded a 3.75 ERA (12.0IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 14K)...Seven of those nine outings were scoreless...RHH had 26 XBH (17 2B, 9 HR, .943 OPS) compared to three XBH by lefties (.653 OPS)...Batters hit .336 (48-for-143) with runners on and .329 (28-for-85) with RISP...5 SB/0 CS.
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.