"He's got a power arm with a power delivery,” said Jason A. Churchill, who covers scouting, player development and the MLB Draft for ESPN Insider. “I had him up to 94 mph and sitting 91-92 at the Area Code Games and he used what appeared to be two different breaking balls — either a slider and a curve or a variation of one of them. He may end up in the bullpen, but I like to stay away from labeling a high school kid. You do have to dream on the command and off-speed stuff and hope he develops a changeup if he's to be a full-time starter, however."
According to the same scouting report from Churchill, here are some more notes on the Yanks' first-round pick from not only the mound, but the batter's box as well.
Hensley pitched a 5 inning no-hitter on 3/19/12 against Apollo High School in the Coach Bob Invitational in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hensley struck out 11 in the outing.
On the season he is currently batting .520 with six home runs and on the bump, he owns a 1.94 ERA with 33 K's in 18 innings pitched.
Hensley had previously committed to Ole Miss before entering into the MLB draft.
It appears the Yankees have another pitching project on their hands for the future. Hensley will be coming straight out of high school and will need to be brought along for years to come before he ever steps foot on a big-league mound.
And, if all goes well, Hensley can surpass his bullpen-bound potential as stated by Churchill's report. Also, the way Hensley handles the bat leaves open a possibility he can be converted into a position player in the infield if pitching fails.
The Bombers are no strangers to needing starters.
The state of their rotation is shaky at best, and the Yanks have yet to get any consistency out of their starting pitching.
New York's attempt to get younger in their rotation while saving money—Michael Pineda—hasn't started off so great. Pineda will miss the rest of the regular season after having major shoulder surgery that will end any hopes of him taking the mound for the Yankees this season.
Hensley will be the Yankees latest attempt to build a foundation of pitching for the future to go alongside potential starting hopefuls Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and pitching prospects, Jose Campos, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.
However, the Yanks haven't had much success in developing pitching over the years and great arms coming out of their farm system are few and far between.
Only time will tell if Hensley can break the mold.
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