DJ Baxendale enters his third season on the Razorback baseball program’s staff in 2022.
Baxendale pitched at Arkansas from 2010-12, cementing himself as one of the Hogs’ top hurlers during Arkansas’ 2012 run to the College World Series. He won a team-best eight wins that season, tossing 107.0 innings, racking up 96 strikeouts for a 3.11 ERA.
His 2011 season was his arguably his best on the mound while donning the cardinal & white, posting a 10-2 record over 19 appearances and 12 starts, with three saves to go with it. He totaled 79 strikeouts, allowing 15 earned runs over 85.1 frames of work for a 1.58 ERA, the best among starting pitchers at Arkansas that year.
Following the 2012 season, Baxendale signed professionally after getting drafted in the 10th round by the Minnesota Twins. He spent eight years playing minor league baseball for the organization, including the past four seasons for the Twins’ Class AAA affiliate in Rochester, New York.