|Minnesota Twins — No. --|
|Born: February 7, 1980
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 7, 2004 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||4.69|
Brad Martin Hennessey (born February 7, 1980 in Toledo, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently with the Minnesota Twins organization. He throws and bats right-handed. He attended Whitmer High School.
After posting a 2.38 ERA in nine Northwest League starts, he was diagnosed with a non-cancerous tumor in his back. He had it removed in February 2002, but it grew back later that season, putting him out for the rest of the season.
After battling inconsistency in 2003 while building up arm strength, Hennessey found himself in the Major Leagues in 2004, making his debut starting against Greg Maddux, who was looking for his 300th win. Although Hennessey lost the game and Maddux got his 300th win, the Giants were impressed with Hennessey's poise, and he made six more starts, finishing with a 2-2 record and 4.98 ERA.
He was called up again in May 2005, and ended up making 21 starts, tallying a 5-8 record and 4.64 ERA. Hennessey's 2005 campaign was marked with inconsistency, although it did include some rather promising outings. In one start against the Milwaukee Brewers, Hennessey pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball and won the game 3-0. The three runs came on a home run by Hennessey himself on a 2-0 count from Brewers pitcher Victor Santos. It was his first home run since playing shortstop in his sophomore year at Youngstown State.
In 2006, Hennessey competed for the team's fifth starting job with Kevin Correia and the newly acquired Jamey Wright, but struggled and began the season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Hennessey was called up again in April due to an injury to Noah Lowry and bullpen ineffectiveness. After Lowry's return to the starting rotation, Hennessey was a reliable reliever and posted an ERA under 4.26.
He pitched in increasingly more important situations for the bullpen during the 2007 season than he had in past seasons, reaching a zenith when he was named the closer by manager Bruce Bochy after Armando Benitez was traded to the Florida Marlins. He did well in that role for a long while, at one point getting saves in 14 straight save opportunities, the most since Robb Nen had a 28 straight streak in 2000, and 17 out of 19, before losing it and getting only 2 out of 5 before Brian Wilson took over the closer role. In 2007, he went 4-5 and had a 3.42 ERA and 19 saves (out of 24) plus 13 holds in 69 outings.
The Giants and Hennessey avoided arbitration and agreed to a $1.6 million, one-year deal. He got sent down to the minors for pitcher Billy Sadler in May, but was called back up when rosters expanded in September.
Hennessey signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on November 17, 2008. On June 11, 2009 Hennessey was released.