Kendricks was an economics major at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
Before he was taken by the Rangers in 2011 and before he went to Dartmouth, Hendricks was originally drafted by the Angels out of high school in the 39th round in 2008. Hendricks' father, John, had worked in their ticket office. But Kyle went for the Ivy League education. "I told the Angels, 'Thanks, but it's going to be hard to pass up this opportunity,'" Hendricks told ESPN.com. "I figured college was the best place for me to be."
"My goal has always been to pitch in the Majors, so it was a tough decision to go to Dartmouth," said Hendricks, a graduate of Capistrano Valley High in Orange County. "But I couldn't pass up the chance for an Ivy League education."
Drafted after his junior season, Hendricks still needs to complete a few courses for his degree in economics, with a minor in math.
In 2013, Hendricks were named the Cubs organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
In 2014, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Kyle as the 11th-best prospect in the Cubs organization.
Hendricks already made sure to take advantage of the opportunity to earn his degree, going back to school over two winters to finish after signing with the Rangers back in 2011.
The 2014-15 offseason was the first time Kyle didn't have to open a textbook, having completed his finance degree at Dartmouth. So his offseason featured golf, visits with family and friends, plus baseball workouts.
"The kid is a gentleman in every aspect until he takes the mound, and then there's every attribute that you would want in a kid from a competitive aspect in a Division I level and at the professional level," Dartmouth coach Bob Whalen said.
While Hendricks credited Whalen with helping him learn when he needs to step off the mound and not work so quickly, Whalen said he arrived at the New Hampshire school with that mound presence.
"He is one of the few kids that can translate that from the way you see him when you meet him to the way he performs athletically," Whalen said. "He's always been able to regulate his thought process and his tempo and he just never allowed the game to speed up on him." (Jay Cohen - AP Sports Writer - 2/05/15)
Off the field, Kyle likes to hang out with his family and "lay low." He also plays a little golf.
Hendricks favorite pitcher when growing up was Pedro Martinez.
Favorite Movie: Step Brothers
Actor: Will Farrell
Food: Cajun. "My mom's red beans and rice; my mom is from New Orleans," Kyle said.
Music: Reggae and Country.
If I wasn't a baseball pitcher, I'd be: "I would definitely have tried to be a professional golfer. My dad's a golf pro."
2018 Spring Training: Hendricks wanted to make sure Special Olympics athlete Ella Stoklosa had a great time at a Spring Training game, even if it meant that he wasn't her favorite Cubs player for the entire time.
Hendricks, who is a special ambassador to Special Olympics Illinois, and believed to be the first Major League Baseball player in that role, hosted Stoklosa, 27, of Wheeling, Ill "She warned me," Hendricks said Hendricks has taken on the Special Olympics as his cause, and has done so quietly, as is his style "Once I did that, it was over," Hendricks said of the commitment to the organization TRANSACTIONS
Hendricks, who is a special ambassador to Special Olympics Illinois, and believed to be the first Major League Baseball player in that role, hosted Stoklosa, 27, of Wheeling, Ill., on March 3. She has Down syndrome, but that doesn't stop her. Stoklosa competes in nine sports and showed up at the Cubs' complex wearing a Hendricks' jersey.
"She warned me," Hendricks said. "[She said] 'I'm going to wear your jersey -- but can I see [Kris Bryant]? I have his jersey, too.' I said, 'I can get anything you need.' "As soon as [Bryant] walks around the corner, she's got my jersey off and his is on," Hendricks said, laughing. "I didn't even see her change -- it took her two seconds. It was so funny."
Hendricks has taken on the Special Olympics as his cause, and has done so quietly, as is his style. "For some reason, there's never been a spokesperson for Special Olympics from Major League Baseball," said Hendricks. His yoga instructor, Christine Schwan, introduced him to some people in Special Olympics Illinois, and they did a yoga session with some of the athletes.
"Once I did that, it was over," Hendricks said of the commitment to the organization. "You have so much fun with these athletes and they bring us so much joy. Plus, there's the ability for my wife, Emma, to be involved in it -- it kind of just fell into our laps. We're always looking to give back and do something. We have some things in our family, [people with] different diseases, but we were open to anything and it didn't have to be something that affected our family." (Carrie Muskat- MLB.com -Mar. 10, 2018)
June 2011: The Rangers chose Kyle in the 8th round, out of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
July 31, 2012: The Cubs sent RHP Ryan Dempster to the Rangers, acquiring Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva.
March 4, 2016: The Cubs and Hendricks agreed to a one-year deal for $541,000. (Editor's note: What a bargain.)