Overview - Turning down an offer from the New York Mets and fully recovered from Tommy John surgery in 1998, Henkel returns to UCLA as the No. 3 starter ... Throws a fastball, knuckle curve, and changeup ... Throws in the low-mid 90s ... Ranked #33 in Baseball America's Top 150 draft-eligible college prospects.
1999 (Summer) -- Pitched for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League...Was 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 20.0 IP.
1999 (As A Redshirt Sophomore) - Redshirted season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
1998 (As A Sophomore) - Named the team's No. 1 starter before the season and started on opening day ... Made five starts before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery.
Notes: Among the first group of players invited to tryout for Team USA over the summer, but could not attend due to his elbow injury ... One of three Bruins (Chad Cislak, Chase Utley) to participate in the Team USA Fall Trials ... Allowed just one run in 4.2 innings at the USA Trials and struck out seven ... Labeled as "A Player to Watch" in the Pac-10, Southern Division by Collegiate Baseball.
1997 (Summer) - Pitched for New Market in the Valley Baseball League (Virginia) and earned four saves, striking out 23 batters in 14.1 innings.
1997 (As A Freshman) - Served as the team's top lefthanded reliever and appeared in 34 games, the third highest total in the Pac-10, Southern Division ... Pitched 9.1 innings in postseason play (five at the College World Series) and did not allow an earned run ... Over his last 11 outings of the season, he posted a 1.06 ERA and struck out 18 batters in 17 innings ... Only five of the 37 hits he allowed were extra base hits ... Did not allow an earned run in 24 of his 34 appearances and allowed one hit or less in 25 of his 34 appearances ... Starred in league play, striking out 23 batters while walking just four in 16 innings ... Opponents batted just .177 against him in league play ... Won back-to-back games vs. Arizona State on 2/21 and 2/22, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out seven.
1996 (Summer) - Pitched for the San Diego Gamers in the Palomino League and posted a 6-0 record with an ERA under one.
Monte Vista HS (Spring Valley, CA) - Lettered in baseball for four years under coach Mark Smelko ... Named to the South All-Star Team, which participated in the 27th Annual North/South Game, after his senior season and pitched three scoreless innings in the final game of the series ... Led his team to three straight league championships ... Posted a 4-4 record with a 2.04 ERA, the third lowest in East County, and struck out 62 batters in 61.2 innings his senior season ... Served as the captain of his team his senior season and was named as the MVP his junior and sophomore seasons ... Pitched for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres scout teams in the winter of 1995 and did not allow a hit in his first 13 innings of work while with the Astros ... Was 4-0 and pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout in the USABF World Series for 17-19 year olds ... Posted a 5-3 record with a 1.26 ERA, the second lowest in East County, and struck out 56 in 55.2 innings his junior season ... His 0.95 ERA in conference play his junior season led the league ... Selected to the 1995 Coaches All-Grossmont 2A Baseball Team ... Was 2-0 with 14 strikeouts in seven innings at the 1995 Turkey Shoot Invitational ... Posted a 4-1 record with a 2.56 ERA, and struck out 21 in 25 innings his sophomore season.
Personal - Selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 46th round of the 1996 draft ... Selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round of the 1999 draft... Favorite MLB player is Pedro Martinez ... Met Barry Bonds at a Cedars-Sinai fundraiser in '98 ...Also recruited by Florida, Notre Dame, Arkansas, UNLV, Saint Mary's and San Diego State ... Majoring in Sociology with a specialization in Business Administration ... His parents are Bob and Connie Henkel ... Has one older sister, Christina ... Full name is Robert Matthew Henkel ... Born on Aug. 3, 1978, in San Diego, Calif.
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