2009 O’s Retrospective: Sean Henn

In part forty-four of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at reliever Sean Henn… THE FIGHTIN’ INEFFECTIVE LEFTY!

Here’s what I said about Henn when the O’s picked him up from the Twins near the end of last season:

“In 78 career innings spread over 5 separate years in the majors (mostly in relief), Henn is 2-9 with a 7.50 ERA. The 6.46 K/9 is less than ideal, and the 6.92 BB/9 is quite awful. Along with being a home run prone (1.59 HR/9) flyball pitcher, Henn’s 6.56 FIP makes him not even close to a major leaguer. For the majority of his minor league career, Henn hasn’t really been a strike-out pitcher either – he had a 10.5 K/9 this year in Triple-A, but before that it was in the 6-8 per nine range. His walks were never that bad (say, in the 3-4 per nine range), but not exactly good. Hard to tell from the pitch/fx given the very small sample sizes, but it looks like he throws a 91-92 mph fastball without much tail, an OK slider, and a straight change-up. My hopes of him being a LOOGY don’t look accurate either – in his 78 IP in the majors, righties have a .915 OPS against him and lefties have a .921 OPS against him (and that’s not a BABIP fluke – .321 and .322). That consistency would serve him well as a starter… you know, if he was any good.”

Henn got in 3 IP with the O’s, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, while also K’ing 6. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers, so Henn’s Orioles career will probably end with a 9.00 ERA.

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