It wasn’t that long ago that Kyle Hendricks was a prospect in the Rangers organization, a year out of Dartmouth, but desired and landed by the Chicago Cubs in a deal that sent pitcher Ryan Dempster to Texas.
Hendricks is part of a group of former prospects dealt in deadline-day deals who are paying off big time for the teams that got them. He starts at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday against the Mets on ESPN/WatchESPN.
Here are some of the deadline-time prospects who have fared best in 2016.
An old one, but a good one. Andrus was one of four notable prospects (Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia being the others) who went to the Rangers. Andrus has lasted the longest. After hitting .263 and .258 the past two seasons, Andrus is hitting .296 with 13 stolen bases for the first-place Rangers.
The Phillies went for a repeat as champions in 2009, sending four prospects to the Indians for Lee and Ben Francisco. The Phillies went to the World Series that October but lost to the Yankees. It took the Indians a little while to get the full payoff from this deal, but it’s been worth it. Carrasco is 6-3 with a 2.49 ERA for the first-place Indians and has a 3.04 ERA for them during the past three seasons.
2010 -- Nationals get Wilson Ramos from Twins for Matt Capps
The Twins were in need of a bullpen arm and the Nationals obliged, sending them Capps in a deal that returned Ramos, a young catcher. Ramos has had starts and stops throughout his career due to injuries, but he’s currently having his best season, hitting .327 with 13 home runs.
2012 -- Cubs get Hendricks from Rangers in Dempster trade
The Cubs are currently reaping the benefits of this trade. Hendricks has been terrific throughout his Cubs career, but never better than this season. He's 8-6 with a 2.41 ERA and ranks second in the majors with a 9.1 percent opponents' hard-hit rate, trailing Clayton Kershaw.
Cespedes might have been the spark that got the Mets to the World Series, but Fulmer is in the midst of a great run of his own. He’s 9-2 with a 2.13 ERA, including 7-1 with an 0.63 ERA in his past nine starts.
Duvall wasn't a top prospect, nor was he thought to be the key piece in this deal (pitcher Keury Mella was the main get for the Reds). But Duvall has thrived this season, both at bat and in the field. He was a 2016 All-Star, has 23 home runs and leads left fielders with 12 defensive runs saved.