Liam Hendriks: It was great. I mean I knew it was going to be hard work, but I enjoyed the challenge, and it helped. I had another couple of Aussies with me. It was tough at first, as I was sitting on the side not allowed to train for three days, as I needed to get my knee checked out. I have had two knee operations on my left knee both small cartilage arthroscopies.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: Do you feel your experience playing in Perth has helped you in your development as a pitcher?
Liam Hendriks: Most definitely. I was meant to throw in the Claxton Shield, which is the highest level of competition in Australia. It's a state carnival for seniors. I played in all the warm up games but then come time for competition, i had done my knee at the under 18 national carnival.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: What would you consider your out-pitch?
Liam Hendriks: While I was away, it was my curveball, but I used my fastball almost exclusively at times. But since I have been back at home I've worked on a slider, which now I consider to be my main off-speed pitch.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: Elizabethton has a history of being a dominant team in the Appalachian League. Are you excited to possibly be playing there in 2008?
Liam Hendriks: I can't wait to hopefully play there. I hear the crowd and town are fantastic, and of course the challenge of trying to uphold the good name of the Elizabethton Twins.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: Have there been any pitchers who have taken you under their wing?
Liam Hendriks: Not really, as I was only there for Extended Spring Training this year. A lot of the guys were only a couple of years older than me, and many coming down for their first time as well, so at least I wasn't on my own which was helpful.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: What kind of goals have you set for yourself for the 2008 season?
Liam Hendriks: My aim is to have more strikeouts then innings, and no major blowout games like I had in my last outing of the 2007 season which was a disaster. But you live and learn.
TwinCitiesDugout.com: Are you happy that you are a member of possibly the best pitching farm system in baseball?
Liam Hendriks: I'm ecstatic. It's fantastic to be hearing of pitchers go through the ranks in the Twins organization and make it up to the Major Leagues. I just hope I can follow in some of the greats footsteps.
TwinCitiesDugout.com would like to thank Liam for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with us. After a stellar season in 2007, the Twins have high hopes he can continue to progress in 2008.