Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Six Degrees of Arthur Hendricks III

Former Harvard slugger Trey Hendricks is moving his way up through the big leagues' No. 1 farm system. After spending a second summer with the short-season Yakima Bears in 2005, batting .296 with 8 HR and 42 RBI, Trey is expected to bat third and play left field when the South Bend Silver Hawks, Class A affiliate of Arizona Diamondbacks, take the field for their season opener this Thursday.

Trey's teammate in South Bend--at least in the short term--will be Justin Upton, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft and brother of soon-to-be Devil Ray shortstop B.J.

Hendricks could find himself providing the protection for Upton in the lineup once the phenom joins the team. Still, it won't be Hendricks' biggest brush with baseball celebrity. His most famous former teammate is still this guy. (Note the third paragraph down.)

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