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Tennessee Wesleyan College baseball alumni Jim Henderson continues his big league run with the Milwaukee Brewers. The 2003 AAC Player of the Year is in his second season with the Brewers as their closer. Henderson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 first year player draft. After spending three seasons in the Expos/Nationals organization he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2006 rule 5 draft. In 2009 Jim signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and made his big league debut on July 26th, 2012 against the Washington Nationals. The big right hander pitched one inning of relief surrounding no runs with one strikeout in his debut. Jim would go on to finish the 2012 season with the Brewers with a 1-3 record in 36 appearances with 3 saves to go along with 45 strikeouts in 30.2 innings of work. Prior to the 2013 season Jim received the honor of playing for his country when he was selected to Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic. As a reliever for Team Canada he appeared in 2 games with a 0-1 record with one strikeout in one full inning of work. After the Classic, Jim returned to the big league club to prepare for the Brewers upcoming season. This season Jim has settled into his relief role with the Brewers and in his last ten games he has four saves in 9.1 innings with 15 strikeouts to go along with a 1.93 earned run average. His last appearance was against the Chicago Cubs on July 30th, 2013. In the doubleheader he made appearances in both games picking up two saves in 2.0 innings pitched only giving up one hit and striking out three. In his first full season in the big leagues Henderson has a 3-3 record with 14 saves and 47 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work. Jim is only the third player ever from Tennessee Wesleyan College to play in the big leagues, Ron Campbell with the Chicago Cubs was the first and Tom Browning who was drafted in the 9th round in 1982 by the Cincinnati Reds was the second.