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Yankees top pick: “Not going to stop working until I get there”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Baseball’s first-year player draft is wrapping up today, but as always, it’s the first rounders who are getting the bulk of the attention. The Yankees top pick was right-handed pitcher Ty Hensley, who was a pretty good high school hitter in Oklahoma, but who the Yankees like for his arm. As usual, the Yankees introduced Hensley through a conference call yesterday afternoon. The call ended just before yesterday’s Yankees lineup was posted, so Hensley’s words quickly took a back seat to the game itself. Here’s the latest Yankees first-rounder talking about himself, his life and his hopes for the future.

Also, don’t forget I’m hosting a chat at noon. Stop by if you can. Here’s Hensley.

On his reaction to being selected by the Yankees…
“Yesterday when I got the call and found out I was going to be a Yankee, I was so fired up and so excited that I got to go to such a great organization. Being able to have an opportunity to play in pinstripes one day with a team with so much history. If I could have picked any team to go to, it definitely would have been the Yankees. I’m really pumped up about that.”

On his father, Mike, who was a second-round pick in 1988…
“Having a father who’s been through it before, I’m really blessed and been lucky to have that. He helped me all the way up to this point. I don’t know where I’d be without him. I’m just so thankful that he’s my father.”

Which pitchers he’s modeled himself after…
“Growing up I always modeled myself after Roger Clemens, but as I got older, the past few years I’ve really been watching Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay a lot. They’re both different types of pitchers — Doc’s a finesse-and-command type pitcher and Verlander is the world of power.”

On whether he plans to sign…
“Yeah, absolutely. I think the quicker that I can get started and get on to A ball next year, I think the better. I’m set up with a great organization and I can’t go wrong. … My goal is definitely to be (in New York) by the time I’m 21 years old, which would have been my junior year in college. I think it’s realistic. I know I have a long ways to go but I’m definitely not going to stop working until I get there and after that. “

Giving a scouting report on himself…
“I think my number one strength is definitely my aptitude. I’m able to make adjustments on the fly and to learn from pitch to pitch and not let it carry over. I need to work on refining my command, my mechanics, which will come with time and repetition. That’s what I need to work on. I feel confident in all my pitches.”

Speaking of those pitches…
“My dad always taught me since I was a young kid to always attack anybody with your fastball. That’s the best pitch in the game. You can’t be scared to attack any hitter out there. I think my best pitch is my curveball. It’s a true 12-to-6 downward. I’ve really been pleased with my progression with my changeup this year. It’s come along for me, and it’s only going to keep getting better. Fastball, curveball, changeup, that’s my repertoire.”

On last night’s celebration…
“It kind of seems like a dream still. It doesn’t even seem real yet. It probably won’t until I go to New York to take my physical. It’s a day I’ve been dreaming about for a long time. I thought it could happen but I didn’t know for sure. Now sitting here, I’m a first-round pick for the Yankees. I don’t even know what to say. When my name was called last night, I teared up because I was so happy. I just had a little get together with my friends and family. We sat around, talked, and took pictures after it was over. That’s how we celebrated.”

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