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Friday, October 11, 2019

Brett Hendley liked to hit in college, hit over four minors seasons, topped out at high-A

Brett Hendley felt he was best at hitting, he liked to do that best, he told Georgia Southern's student newspaper The George-Anne in May 1989.

And he hit at the school. He hit three home runs in three conference tournament games his freshman year. He also led the team as he spoke in RBIs and had a .289 average, The George-Anne wrote.

"At practice, mostly what I do is hit in the batting cage or do one of our batting drills," Hendley told The George-Anne. "I get pumped when I hit a home run."

Hendley went on from Georgia Southern to hit in the pros. His pro career, however, consisted of four seasons. He never got the chance to hit above high-A.

Hendley's career began that year in 1989, taken by the Athletics in the 14th round of the draft out of Georgia Southern.

Hendley entered the pros with baseball in the family. His father, Bob Hendley, played in seven major league seasons.

Hendley started with the Athletics in the rookie Arizona League. He hit .311 over 56 games that first year, with five home runs.

He moved to high-A Modesto for 1990. His average dropped to .184 there, over 67 games. He sacrificed a runner over in an April game.

Hendley played 1991 at single-A Madison. He tripled and scored in a June game. He hit .246 in 126 games on the year, with seven home runs.

He returned to Modesto for 1992. In 109 games back there, he hit .214, with five home runs to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,188
Made the Majors:1,157-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,031-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 480
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283

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