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Top pick Hensley “has the ability to be a high-end starter”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have selected high school pitcher Ty Hensley with their first pick of the amateur draft.

“We’re excited to get a guy with such a high ceiling,” amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer said in a released statement. “He has the ideal body for a high school pitcher, as well as power stuff, and has the ability to be a high-end starter. He’s demonstrated a quality makeup and has shown himself to be a hard worker, which makes him a quality pick for us.”

Baseball American ranked Hensley 23rd on their list of top 500 draft prospects, citing a fastball that has touched 97 mph and a curveball that might be even better. “He has more than just big stuff,” Baseball America wrote.

UPDATE: Here’s the Yankees press release about the pick…

The New York Yankees tonight selected 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Ty Hensley out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., with their first-round selection (30th pick overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Hensley, listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, went 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA in 11 games as a senior in 2012, striking out 111 batters in 55.1 innings pitched en route to being named the 2012 Gatorade Oklahoma “Baseball Player of the Year.”

Hensley was ranked by Baseball America as the 11th-best pitcher—and 23rd-best overall player—in this year’s draft. He entered as the publication’s second-best player from Oklahoma and became just the seventh Oklahoma pitcher to be selected in the first round out of high school.

His father, Mike, was a right-handed pitcher who was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft.

“We’re excited to get a guy with such a high ceiling. He has the ideal body for a high school pitcher, as well as power stuff, and has the ability to be a high-end starter,” said Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees Vice President of Amateur Scouting. “He’s demonstrated a quality makeup and has shown himself to be a hard worker, which makes him a quality pick for us.”

The selection of Hensley marks the fifth straight year the Yankees have taken a high school player with their first selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Hensley is the first pitcher to be selected by the Yankees in the first round since RHP Gerritt Cole in 2008 (did not sign).

LHP CC Sabathia made the Yankees’ selection of RHP Ty Hensley live at the MLB Network studios. He was serving as the Yankees representative at the draft along with Yankees area scout Tim McIntosh.

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76 Responses to “Top pick Hensley “has the ability to be a high-end starter””

  1. Nick in SF June 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    It’s hard to get too excited about this high school pitcher, what with the whole Iranian nuclear proliferation crisis and all.

  2. Phranchise June 4th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Solid 1st pick. I was afraid I would be underwhelmed, but happy with this one. Gerrit Cole was a miss. This kid doesn’t appear to be in that class, but still posseses the things you look for.

  3. kd June 4th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    they say his bat is pretty good too. any chance he gets moved to rf?

  4. Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Stay. Healthy.

  5. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Watching video of this kid, he reminds me of what video of Hughes looked liked when he was drafted. Anyone else maybe see that?

  6. Phranchise June 4th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    A bit, but hopefully a little bit of that Beckett/Clemens nastiness. Phil showed some emotion last game but definitely a Caly kid.

  7. Ys Guy June 4th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    oppenhiemer didnt say anything about his bat. they didnt draft him to hit and he wont get any at bats if he signs.

  8. jacksquat June 4th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t see anyone getting overly excited, so you naysayers can go back into your caves.

    Hensley is a good, solid pick. Throws hard, big body but not so big you have to worry a lot about repetition of mechanics (Betances), has a plus second pitch. Can’t ask for much more from the 30th pick.

    Oh yeah, and you can’t have too much pitching. ;)

  9. Phranchise June 4th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Sounds like mechanics need some work, but I guess all h.s. pitchers due.

  10. Yank 97 June 4th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Yeah, hopefully this guy has that Cowboy Texan country hardball swagger and arrogance to him.

  11. theREALkevin June 4th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Love the draft. Lot of hope in the air when the names are called. Who will pan out, and who won’t….

  12. Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    “I don’t see anyone getting overly excited…”

    I don’t know enough either way.

  13. theREALkevin June 4th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Yes obviously Hensley is a pitcher first. He would only be moved to a hitter if it went disastrous for a long while. But the fact that a guy is a two way player can make him more appealing, and provide at least an additional shred of insurance. It’s a good thing.

  14. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Maybe by the time Hensley gets to the bigs, they will have done away with the DH, and he can show off his switch hitting skills. :)

  15. sunny615 June 4th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Where’s CB with his in-depth analysis?

  16. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Marc Carig-
    The 18-year-old righty finished 10-0 this season with a 1.52 ERA. He struck out 111 in 55 1/3 innings for Santa Fe.

    The Yankees’ first-round selection — who went 30th overall — is the son of former Cardinals farmhand and Kansas State baseball coach Mike Hensley

  17. Nick in SF June 4th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    This Hensley pick has energized the Oklahoma City Thunder. Good omen.

  18. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    More info and video Ty Hensley:

    http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....y-hensley/

  19. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Bo knows June 4th, 2012 at 10:49 pm
    from 2000 to 2007 the yankees selected 12 players in the first round(including supplementals.. only 3 of them ever made it to the bigs. if i ever see him in trenton ill start paying attention…”

    ———————————

    Amazingly enough that was about the time Big George fired all the scouting staff because they were making too much money.

    True story.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    At least, that was a better reason than Marg Schott had for firing all of the Cincinnati scouts when she owned the Reds. “Why should I pay them when all they do is go watch baseball games?” Truer story.

  20. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Oakland pitcher, Jarrod Parker has a no hitter through 4 innings against Texas.

  21. raymagnetic June 4th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Is there any truth that he’s related to Hensley Bam-Bam Meulens?

  22. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    So when would be the earliest a kid like Ty could make the Bigs. Are there way to many variables to predict something like that?

  23. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Nick-

    Looks like Harden with the SF Brian Wilson beard has just sealed the Thunder victory..

  24. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Nice Rangers are getting pumped again tonight. Since their unreal start to the season they have not been that dominate of late.

  25. Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    “So when would be the earliest a kid like Ty could make the Bigs.”

    With which team???

  26. Nick in SF June 4th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    You may have spoken too soon.

  27. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    “So when would be the earliest a kid like Ty could make the Bigs.”

    With which team???

    ——

    Haha. I see what you did there. Well played.

  28. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks.

  29. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Manu is going to tie this thing up right now.

  30. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Nope

  31. jacksquat June 4th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    So when would be the earliest a kid like Ty could make the Bigs. Are there way to many variables to predict something like that?

    Probably a few years earliest.

  32. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Durant seals deal

  33. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    So 2014 is out of the question? Thought maybe he could be part of the new low budget movement.

  34. Ys Guy June 4th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    spurs couldnt quite hang…

  35. Ys Guy June 4th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    “Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    “So when would be the earliest a kid like Ty could make the Bigs.”

    With which team???’

    —————————
    so henseley is already untouchable? (and he’s not even signed?)

  36. Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Via RAB:

    ?@Kevin_Goldstein

    Hensley at 30 to the Yankees is highway robbery.

  37. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Parker is no hitting Texas through 6 innings

  38. Rich in NJ June 4th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    “so henseley is already untouchable? (and he’s not even signed?)”

    To other teams…

  39. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Durant is quite good. I still say LBJ is the best player in the league, minus the fact he can’t hit a clutch shot to save his life.

    I wouldn’t count the Spurs out yet. They remind me of the Yankees in the early 2000′s. Specifically 2000, 2001, and 2003. A seasoned veteran group that knows what it takes to win.

  40. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    “Parker is no hitting Texas through 6 innings.”

    Thanks for the heads up. Time for some baseball it looks like. Cmon Oak Town.

  41. Ys Guy June 4th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    durant isnt the defender or the passer james is.

  42. UnKnown June 4th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Yeah you’re right about that YS

  43. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Yankees planning to sign one year stopgaps for 2014 to be under the LT cap for 2014 until tadpoles ready in 2015

    2014
    LF Damon
    Cf Byrd
    RF Matsui
    1B Tex
    2B Hudson
    SS Jeter
    3B A-Rod
    DH Jones
    C-Jason Kendall

    2015
    LF Heathcott
    CF Williams
    RF Austin
    1B Tex
    2B Gumbs
    SS Nunez
    3B FA
    DH A-Rod
    C-Sanchez

  44. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Parker through 7 innings. His problem will be pitch count. It’s about 110 now. High is 112.

  45. tucker June 5th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    The Yankees’ first-round selection — who went 30th overall — is the son of former Cardinals farmhand and Kansas State baseball coach Mike Hensley
    ——–

    Hope coach doesn’t looks at the Yanks’ track record in developing pitchers as well as the slot pay and take the kid with him to Kansas State.

  46. Yankee Trader June 5th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Good night all.

    The state of Oklahoma graduated Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley to pro baseball last season and Hensley follows in their footsteps. Hensley, who has a great frame at 6’4”, 220, has a solid fastball and a killer curve. He will have to develop another pitch or two and clean up his mechanics. If he can do so, he could be a steal for the Bombers.[Rotoworld]

  47. Ys Guy June 5th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    damon starting to heat up, he’s got the ba up to .180

  48. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    “damon starting to heat up, he’s got the ba up to .180″

    He had no ST, only 100 PA before today.

  49. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Michael Young just bounced a single up the middle with 1 out in the 8th inning. Through 8 innings, Texas has 1 hit.

  50. Yanks78 June 5th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Love this pick, live arm with a big upside.. hate low-ceiling picks like Cito Culver and the like whose upside is a light hitting infielder.

  51. Bo knows June 5th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    At least, that was a better reason than Marg Schott had for firing all of the Cincinnati scouts when she owned the Reds. “Why should I pay them when all they do is go watch baseball games?” Truer story.

    —————–
    Yep. When you’re right, you’re right.

  52. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Of Oppenheimer’s first round draft picks since 2004, Culver is definitely one that doesn’t seem to fit the pattern. Even Henry, though he flamed out, made sense.

  53. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    With the Texas bullpen hurting, I think the yanks trade their two newest bullpen studs, Shane Brown and Ryan Baker to Texas for a bat.

  54. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Erik Boland?@eboland11

    Ty Hensley was ranked by Baseball America as the 11th-best pitcher—and 23rd-best overall player—in the draft

  55. RadioKev June 5th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I watched the first round on MLB TV last night. The commentators proved why it’s hard to get too excited about the draft, they praised and drooled over almost every single pick.

    Good luck to Ty Hensley. I was somewhat upset that it wasn’t an obscure pick like Culver or Bichette Jr.

  56. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Seems like a pretty solid pick…..everyone but Law had Hensely ranked highee than 30fh and some much higher……from the video his breaking ball looks promising

  57. jacksquat June 5th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:05 am
    Seems like a pretty solid pick…..everyone but Law had Hensely ranked highee than 30fh and some much higher……

    Law adjusted Hensley down right after the Yankees drafted him.

  58. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    First round is important but you make a draft with the rest of the picks……hope DO can find some diamonds……

  59. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Papelbon said that umpire sucked and needed to be demoted to AAA after the game…..on record. Fines coming……wow.

  60. RadioKev June 5th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    At least Martin is funny when he hates on umpires. Papelbon is just an ass.

  61. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Boston needs a closer…..but I bet they wouldnt take Papelbon back for that contract …..also net they had a do over on the Bailey deal.

  62. MTU June 5th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Later rounds of the draft have produced some excellent players.

    For example, D-Rob was selected in the 26th round.

    GGBG wasn’t even on the radar.

    I believe Pujols was a later pick.

  63. MTU June 5th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Blake-

    They have the Gangsta’ until his back goes out again.

    Bard will be back in the pen eventually.

  64. yankfan June 5th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    this guy will be a bust continuing the recent trend:

    brackman bust
    bichette bust, doing NOTHING this year
    culver bust, doing NOTHING this year

    Cashman is a bad gm, fire him

  65. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Pujols was a 13th rounder…..

  66. blake June 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Oppenheimer runs the draft…..

  67. Yankee Trader June 5th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Good morning. -

    Can’t stay long. For a #30 it was a good pick, and the kid can hit too. Maybe by the time he hits the bigs, the AL will have banned the DH. :)

    Including this mornings Marc Carig article:

    “I think any time we play teams in our division it’s big just because of how we’re all squished together,“ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s amazing.”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....ace_d.html

    Joe- It’s time you light a fire under the teams a**es, and “squish/squash” those Rays!!!

  68. MTU June 5th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    YT-

    I want 2 of 3 from the Maddon’s.

    Failure is NOT an option.

    :)

  69. Yankee Trader June 5th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    MTU-

    I want all 3. The Rays lineup is not producing.

    If the lefties can handle Shields CU and Pettitte has Stewart catching him-Yankees win game 1.

    Alex Cobb vs Nova could be a hitters delight, but Nova will finally show off his super stuff after tweaking his mechanics and location, location, location.

    Game 3 is ace vs ace. The Yankees have handles Price of late, in YS. Price’s neighbor in Tampa-Jeter- comes thru with game winning hit.

    Yankees in 1st!! :)

  70. Yankee Trader June 5th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Have to go.

    Will check back later to see who the Yankees should trade for, and if Jon Heyman is floating any wild rumors hoping they stick.

    MTU- Enjoy your breakfast burrito.

  71. MTU June 5th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Have a good day YT.

    Hike day for me.

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