High School: Santa Fe (Oklahoma)
College Commitment: Mississippi
With a power pitcher’s frame at 6’5”, 220 pounds, Hensley shot up the draft boards this spring. Throwing from a high arm slot, the right-hander consistently fires his fastball on a downward plane, which registers in the low 90s and doesn’t have a ton of movement at the moment. Once he adds some sink to the pitch, he’ll be able to rely less on striking out hitters.
His best pitch is definitely his breaking ball, a 12-to-6 knee-buckler with deceptive pace that he consistently throws for a strike. He also throws a changeup, though it’s not nearly as advanced as his curveball.
Henley’s father, Michael, was a third-round draft pick by the Astros out of high school in 1985, so the right-hander has favorable bloodlines on his side. Given his size, arm angle and plus-breaking ball, he’s been compared to Josh Beckett, though his ceiling isn’t nearly as high. Once he adopts at least one fastball variation, Henley could be in the majors by mid-to-late 2016 or early 2017.
Analysis: Brings an advanced curve ball to his future coaches in the Yankees system. New York could have gone a variety of directions with an abundance of talented prep arms available, meaning they really like him. I enjoyed him mentioning to MLB Network that his favorite pre-game meal is Chipotle. That had to have impressed C.C. Sabathia as well.
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