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

  1. Dean Winters June 6th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Love his determination.

  2. mick June 6th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    http://deadspin.com/5916213/ya.....me-stubhub
    ===================
    Yanks att. down.

  3. mick June 6th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Chad-
    Can you get a list of all Yankee picks so far?

  4. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The young man is saying all the right things.
    I just hope his shoulder/elbow hold up long enough for him to excel
    at the MLB while wearing a Yankees uniform

  5. Dean Winters June 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    raymagnetic June 6th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I won’t be shocked. His contemporaries don’t get close to that and he’s not head and shoulders better than them if he’s better at all.

    —————————–

    If he’s not getting 20 then he’ll get 18. Cano is looking to Cash in at this age. No way will he accept a contract like Phillips

  6. JobaTipsHisCap June 6th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    finally more and more people are disgusted by Torre’s act.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....f=obinsite

  7. LGY June 6th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    For professional athletes or any person who is used to training everyday, ACL rehab is way more taxing mentally than it is physically.

    And I don’t think anyone has ever questioned Mo’s mental fortitude.

  8. RadioKev June 6th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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

    Quick, back into the time machine!

    But seriously, thanks for the good content Chad

  9. Howe Farr June 6th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    That Joe Torre article is pretty much one of the dumbest articles I have read in a while. How can you take journalist serious when he includes this line: “I don?t think Torre would let personal feelings get in the way of such a professional matter. But why give ammunition to the conspiracy theorists?”

    So the only real issue is that Torre works for MLB and he might act impartial towards Arod, however the guy doesn’t think he would, but he writes this entire article on how that might be bad.

    In the end, I agree that Torre shouldn’t have said anything, but that article doesn’t give the NY Media any shine. It was a lazy article, written by a lazy guy.

  10. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    “Can you get a list of all Yankee picks so far?”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/.....caster.jsp

    Click on the team tab and then click NYY.

  11. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    If any Vets in the Yankee Clubhouse should hear this kid, I’m sure they will be shaking their heads. Hensley will soon be forced to board that hot air ballon outta Oz.

  12. mick June 6th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    TY Rich!

  13. blake June 6th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This kid says all the right things anyway….

  14. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hope can can bring some condidence and moxie like Clemens without you know throwing bats at people in a roid rage and stuff.

  15. mick June 6th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Yanks stocked up on pitching in the draft.

  16. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    “I won’t be shocked. His contemporaries don’t get close to that and he’s not head and shoulders better than them if he’s better at all.”

    Hes better….and its not always about how much better you are…..its about supply and demand and the Yanks will give him 20+ a year….other teams probably will offer it as well…..only way he doesnt is if he declines between now and 2014…..if hes thr same playee he is now he will get 20 in AAV IMO

  17. Bret The Hitman June 6th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    G. Love June 6th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Seeing all the Justin Upton angst in AZ makes me wonder; Would you trade Granderson for him?

    He’s cheaper, younger and signed longer than Granderson. Granderson would be the clubhouse angel they’re looking for in AZ.

    It would probably take more than just Grandy, but it’s interesting because AZ is a win now team coming off 94 wins. They’re not looking to rebuild. They’re looking to contend.

    ********

    That’s a great deal for the Yankees. AZ could move Chris Young to RF and play Granderson in CF. Nunez could step in for Stephen Drew so they could let Drew walk and have some money to extend Granderson.

    I don’t think Cashman has the stones to trade Granderson though – not after how Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy have panned out.
    I wonder if Granderson & Nunez get their attention and get Upton…

  18. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I can Not figure out how Torre could be involved in buying the Dodgers a while back, and still be employed by MLB. That is a conflict of interest, as MLB is involved in investigating All prospective owner. If Torre wanted to actively pursue buying the Dodgers, he shoulda resigned his MLB position. Bud Crony is running a modern day Taminy Hall.

  19. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    You would probably have to trade Granderson for the cost-controlled pieces that Towers would want.

  20. Bret The Hitman June 6th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    And the team holding the cost-controlled pieces would prefer Justin Upton over one year of Granderson.

  21. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Again, that’s why the piece that won’t be mentioned should have been kept until and unless this type of player became available, but the alternative way to trump an offer, given the existing facts, is to try to sweeten the pot.

  22. Bret The Hitman June 6th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    If they were to pull off a trade for Justin Upton, I’d sign BJ Upton. I think they’d motivate one another.

  23. Tackelberry June 6th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Yanks just drafted a personal favorite of mine. Luella H.S. outfielder Vincent Jackson in 23rd round. 6’4″ left hand hitting outfielder with plus power and a rifle arm. Decent speed. ENough to play a corner outfield spot. Is committed to Tennesee U. Hope they can sign him. Won’t be easy

  24. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    “Yanks just drafted a personal favorite of mine. Luella H.S. outfielder Vincent Jackson in 23rd round. 6’4? left hand hitting outfielder with plus power and a rifle arm. Decent speed. ENough to play a corner outfield spot. Is committed to Tennesee U. Hope they can sign him. Won’t be easy”

    U seen him?

  25. sunny615 June 6th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Another former Yankee – Chad Curtis – in trouble with the law…

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....s-sex-case

  26. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I’d stick with the (L) bat of Grandy over J. Upton. The scrutiny may be on Upton, but the real problem is the team’s place in the NL West standings. There were high hopes when the season began, and those are rapidly evaporating as players like Kennedy and Roberts post the numbers on the back of their bubble gum card. Nobody is calling Gibson a genius at this time either.

  27. tampayank June 6th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    “Bret The Hitman June 6th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    If they were to pull off a trade for Justin Upton, I’d sign BJ Upton. I think they’d motivate one another.

    I think BJ is a free agent this winter

  28. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    “If they were to pull off a trade for Justin Upton, I’d sign BJ Upton. I think they’d motivate one another.”

    The budget

  29. Wave Your Hat June 6th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t think there’s enough talent in the upper reaches of the Yank system to get Upton. Can’t see why AZ would take Granderson for him. It isn’t out of the question that Upton could outhit Grandy the rest of 2012 even.

  30. Wave Your Hat June 6th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    And I wouldn’t chase BJ Upton either.

  31. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    “If they were to pull off a trade for Justin Upton, I’d sign BJ Upton. I think they’d motivate one another.”

    The budget
    ——————————————————————————————————
    I would rather have Justin. BJ either smokes a lot of weed or drinks a lot of beer. How else can you explain his lack of desire/hustle for the game.

  32. Benny Blanco June 6th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    why are we trading granderson again?

  33. akharaz June 6th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for editing his interviews, Chad. I saw him on MLB network and the kid says “you know” after every other word. Looking forward to seeing how he develops! As always, great work by everyone at the blog.

  34. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Time to write this hack and let him know
    the article is wrong on so many levels.
    kdavidoff@nypost.com

  35. Tackelberry June 6th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    “Yanks just drafted a personal favorite of mine. Luella H.S. outfielder Vincent Jackson in 23rd round. 6’4? left hand hitting outfielder with plus power and a rifle arm. Decent speed. ENough to play a corner outfield spot. Is committed to Tennesee U. Hope they can sign him. Won’t be easy”

    U seen him?

    ___________________

    I actually did a couple of times. Was in GA on a business trip and went to a couple of the loca H.S. games where Jackson was playing. Swing is a little long but he is very athletic.

  36. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    “why are we trading granderson again?”

    We dont want to….we just dont trust Hal to sign him in two years and dont want to end up with no Granderson and and outfield of Marlyn Bryd, Gardner, and Rick Ankiel in 2014.

  37. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds like Jackson has a lot of upside but signing him might be tough with the slot money in these rounds.

  38. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Depending on how many later round guys sign over the next year or so, they may want to look at having a much shorter draft.

  39. Benny Blanco June 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Blake,

    Got it! lol.. This guy has been a completely different hitter since he made the adjustment w/ Klong. You dont trade a 35-40 hr hitting CF. He’s only 30-31.

  40. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Benny-
    If Granderson is traded, the team better be getting 2 all stars in return.
    I can’t be upset if Granderson goes to another team because he feels the
    Yankees can not afford him. That is part of the game.
    Granderson is a key player for this team. He is so valuable and still manages to fly
    under the radar when batting 2nd.

  41. Benny Blanco June 6th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    WTP, I agree completely. I’m not saying not to answer the phone and listen to offers but you don’t proactively look to trade him. Unless you are getting back big time caliber players. If Mason Williams was in AAA and killing it I would consider it.

  42. Tackelberry June 6th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    Sounds like Jackson has a lot of upside but signing him might be tough with the slot money in these rounds.

    ___________________________________

    The thing is, Yanks drafted some college seniors in rounds 6-10 that will be cheap signs, so they can allocae some of those leftover funds to go overslot on a couple of high ceiling guys in later rounds

  43. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    “Got it! lol.. This guy has been a completely different hitter since he made the adjustment w/ Klong. You dont trade a 35-40 hr hitting CF. He’s only 30-31.”

    Yea I know….like I said I wouldnt want to ….itd have to be a special deal…..

  44. blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    “The thing is, Yanks drafted some college seniors in rounds 6-10 that will be cheap signs, so they can allocae some of those leftover funds to go overslot on a couple of high ceiling guys in later rounds”

    Yea they may be trying that….draft is a whole new ball game under these rules….its awful for the players and GMs….great for the owners.

  45. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    “You dont trade a 35-40 hr hitting CF. He’s only 30-31.”

    You do if you think about having to re-sign him, in less than two years, to his age 38 season, in the context of their pre-existing contractual commitments and their reported (supported by quotes from Hal) intention to significantly reduce payroll.

    The new CBA has significantly affected the way the Yankees can do business going forward. They used to be able to spend what they want, and to erase mistakes by spending more. Unless they are willing to pay an increasingly large financial penalty, those days are over.

  46. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Nothing like making a deal outta fear. I stick with Grandy.

  47. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Adam Kilgore?@AdamKilgoreWP

    The Nats drafted the grandson of the actor who played George Costanza’s fiancee’s dad, a catcher named Kieboom and Skye Bolt. Kudos, Nats.

  48. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    What fear? That’s a canard. It’s smart business.

    Either be pro-active and offer Granderson an extension now until he is 35, and one to Cano until he is 36, or fall victim to market forces at the end of next season spawned by teams that have far more payroll flexibility than the Yankees.

  49. tampayank June 6th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    “Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    blake June 6th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    “If they were to pull off a trade for Justin Upton, I’d sign BJ Upton. I think they’d motivate one another.”

    The budget
    ——————————————————————————————————
    I would rather have Justin. BJ either smokes a lot of weed or drinks a lot of beer. How else can you explain his lack of desire/hustle for the game.

    ha ha have actually heard stories and this is pretty accurate…same with Evan Longoria..maybe he should slow down the lifestyle considering he hits the DL every season

  50. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The New CBA to date, has done nothing to the Yanks. You guys are speculating, and it May come true. BUT, till that happens, your pulling a Jean Dixon here.

  51. G. Love June 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    The only reason you consider trading Granderson is that you know you can’t fit him in the budget long term and want to try to turn him into pieces that do.

    It’s ridiculous we even have to think like this considering the amount of money the Yankees make off of everything from YES to the stadium revenues.

    Baseball basically put a hard salary cap out there. Yes, you can go above it, but the penalties are ludicrous.

    Tex and Arod eating up 50 million + of that cap is the problem and the reason why you have to consider playing hardball with Cano and trading Grandy.

  52. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    - RICH -
    You know the Yankee Policy regarding extentions.

  53. blake June 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The Yanks cant play half way…..they cant go on operating like they will spend whatever to sign whoever when they wont do it…..they cant refuse to consider extensions …..they cant refuse to consider trades….etc……basically if they are going to start spending like the others teams…..then they need to start doing some of the things that other teams do to save money and maximize assets.

  54. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    For the record, HAL voted in favor of the New CBA. To say Baseball did this, makes it sound like it was inflicted upon the Yanks.

  55. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    tampa yank-
    how else can you explain the way Upton plays and his body language year
    after year

  56. blake June 6th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    “You know the Yankee Policy regarding extentions.”

    The one that doesnt make sense anymore?

  57. G. Love June 6th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    And I’m sure Hal did it seeing the profit margin on this team shoot even higher when had a built in excuse for lowering the payroll and keeping it lower.

    The actuality of what it can do to this team will be a fascinating thing to watch.

    I definitely see the possibility of the Yankees being held down with the money they owe Tex, Arod, CC and then not being able to field a competitive team around those bloated salaries in 2 more years.

    Can you imagine what the fans and media will do to the Yankees if they start to play mediocre baseball and use the CBA as an excuse?

    It’s why I think they’re going to end up spending over the 189 million and pay the penalties when they are faced with the prospect of business and ad revenue declining due to lack of interest and success of the team long term.

  58. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    “The New CBA to date, has done nothing to the Yanks. You guys are speculating, and it May come true. BUT, till that happens, your pulling a Jean Dixon here.”

    Jeez…

    Here’s what’s reality: In 2014, they already owe CC $23m, A-Rod $26m, Tex $23m (totaling $$72m).

    Jeter is likely going to cost them at least $20m, and probably count for more given the terms of his existing contract.

    Hal on the $189m: “I’m looking at it as a goal, but my goals are normally considered a requirement,” Steinbrenner said. “Plenty of teams win without the kind of payrolls we have.”

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....am-payroll

    With insurance and benefits, $189m becomes $179m.

    If you are going to pay Cano $20m, you are approaching $120m which leaves about $60m to fill out the entire roster.

    If Granderson gets $15m, that leaves $45m.

    You want to keep Roberstson? Do you want any other established non-cost-controlled starters in the rotation?

    You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see the issues, and to start planning now.

  59. mick June 6th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Can you imagine what the fans and media will do to the Yankees if they start to play mediocre baseball and use the CBA as an excuse?
    ================================
    http://deadspin.com/5916213/ya…..me-stubhub
    ===================
    Yanks att. down.

  60. mick June 6th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Might as well live for today.
    Let’s Go Yankees…

  61. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    - RICH -
    I have seen quotes from Hal and Cash about reducing payroll, but I do NOT recall them using the word “significant”.

  62. Warning Track Power June 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Nova needs to take advantage of the weak hitting Rays line-up tonight.
    I hope Nova learned something from Pettitte last night.
    6-2 with the 5.60 ERA won’t last long in The Bronx.

  63. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    DONNYBROOK

    Why does the word “significant” matter in the context of what I posted?

    To get to the number they need to get to in order to save $50+m, their approach will have to change, or they will have an even more top heavy payroll (even more dependent on the production of aging players), and being totally reliant on marginal veteran solutions or prospects that are now mostly at A ball.

    So how does it not make sense to start planning and being pro-active?

  64. Wave Your Hat June 6th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    If the Yanks are serious about the cap then Jeter won’t get another big payday. And he needs to quit hitting like the first half of 2011 which he’s been doing since the end of April or it won’t be an issue even.

    The problem with trading Granderson is that he won’t fetch anything to replace him with in the short term, and in the long term the ARod, Tex and CC contracts burn off.

    I’m sure the Yanks will bargain hard with Grandy. If his price goes too high I guess they won’t sign him. But I don’t see the free agent to replace him with. The problem is he’s a bargain, and to get below the soft cap losing bargains (which they will one way or another) is a big problem.

  65. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Beantown has gotta wonder what’s next, with the 86ing to the Bushes of Bard. Bobby V has probably got his sights set on Yuk next.

  66. DONNYBROOK June 6th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    - RICH -
    Reducing payroll, and “significantly” reducing payroll are not even close to the same thing.

  67. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Rough when dad passes on you for 22 rounds RT @ROOTSPORTS_TR Dartmouth C Chris O’Dowd, son of Colo GM Dan O’Dowd, drafted by SD in 23rd rd

  68. mick June 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Bobby V is the Star.
    He needs more Benny Agbayanies…

  69. tomingeorgia June 6th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    mr. mick,
    I’m with you. I still have trouble looking at the Yankees as an MBA business case, although I’m sure they’ve done many.

    Let’s get ‘em tonight, then worry about Thursday, then the weekend, when we’re in first place and really starting to roll. That’s enough strategic planning for me, for now.

  70. mick June 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    mr tom
    it’s a game after all…
    have a superlative day….is what our friend meant.
    (as opposed to superfluous)

  71. G. Love June 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I’d really like to see Nova pitch a strong game tonight. The wins are great but it’s time to start pitching to an ERA in the 3′s.

    To me, the stuff is there but he’s going through that sophomore slump concentration thing.

    Good starts by Nova and Hughes will keep the Yankees from doing something stupid for Garza.

  72. mick June 6th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Since the Mariners selected a C for their 1st draft pick, it has been eerily quiet from the Montero Brigade.


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