Getting to know Yankees’ first round pick Ty Hensley

The young hurler clearly has plenty of power, with a fastball in the mid-90s that has touched 97.  Despite that, his power curveball may be his best weapon, rating as a plus pitch.  He had an incredible 111 strikeouts through 55.1 innings this season. He throws hard but his command needs to improve and he is going to need another strong pitch if he wants to start.

Pitching and size are not the only things Hensley brings to the table, however.  He is a switch hitter who actually can do a lot of damage at the plate.   He hit ten homers this season and drove in 42 runs, while picking up the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year for Oklahoma.  In fact, Hensley’s twitter profile uses a picture of him at the plate instead of pitching. Scouts have noted Hensley’s work ethic and makeup as other positives, in addition to his ability to speak Spanish.  Baseball America has this video of Hensley both on the mound and at (both sides of) the plate.

 

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

16 thoughts on “Getting to know Yankees’ first round pick Ty Hensley

  1. Cool – may not work, but a lot more satisfying to see a pick like this, as opposed to, say, Cito. <ducking>

    Now I just hope he signs – tho I can't see anyone picking Ole Miss over the Yankees. just sayin

  2. And while we're in need of a place to drop insights, something I didn't think of last night for some reason: Seattle just confirmed that they don't think that Montero is a viable catcher, which should continue to temper our estimations of The Trade.

  3. I was excited by the pick until I read this line "He throws hard but his command needs to improve and he is going to need another strong pitch if he wants to start." Don't we already have a guy like this? Think his name is Hughes or something.

  4. So, we might be looking at a starting pitcher who plays as designated hitter on days that he doesn't start?