Ty Hensley, the New York Yankees first round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft announced via Twitter tonight that he will be signing with the Yankees. Hensley, from Sante Fe high School in Oklahoma, is a big right-handed pitcher, standing 6-5, and weighing in at 220 pounds. He has a very good fastball that sits 91-95 but has been clocked as high as 97 MPH. He also has a very nice 12-6 curveball that sits in the 70’s. His changeup, like with most high school pitchers, needs some work but shows a lot of promise.
Hensley had been weighing his decision on whether to sign with the Yankees or attend Ole Miss where he had a scholarship on the table. After being drafted, Hensley made it known that he planned on being in the Bronx by age 21, a tall order for any pitcher. He also compared himself to Roger Clemens (pre-steroid scandal) which is a pretty tall comparison. One thing is certain, Hensley is not shy to say what he thinks. Personally, I admire a pitcher that shows no fear, even for a kid straight out of high school.
Hensley’s Twitter announcement didn’t show any signs of him dialing down his expectations as he wrote, “I’m going to be a New York Yankee…See you ASAP New York can’t wait to get there.” The last pitcher the Yankees drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft to make his Major League debut was Phil Hughes, who was 21 years-old when he made his debut in 2007. So, there is precedent there for Hensley to rely on. Hughes is currently in his sixth season in the Bronx and has been met with success and failure.
Hensley’s signing bonus is for $1.2 million, less than the $1.6 million allowed by MLB for the 30th overall selection in the draft. The reason is because there appeared to be abnormalities in Hensley’s MRI on his right shoulder. However, so far, Hensley has shown no ill effects. The Yankees might have gotten a bit of a steal with Hensley whom I project to be a number two or three starter with number one potential.
Currently, it is not known where he will be reporting but I would imagine the GCL Yankees or Staten Island Yankees will be his first stop.