The Yankees got lucky that he was even available with the 30th overall pick. The Rockies were set to take him at No. 10, but when RHP Mark Appel fell the Pirates took him with the 8th overall pick so Colorado took OF David Dahl, whom they assumed would be gone at No. 10. The Rays were going to take him at No. 25, but when 3B Richie Shaffer fell to them, they took him instead (River Ave Blues).
He sounds like a really great prospect though. Not only does he have the physical tools, but he sounds like a young leader who is a hard worker and motivated to get going.
“I think the quicker that I can get started and get on to A ball next year, I think the better,” Hensley told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “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.”
Hensley outlined the things he feels he needs to work on, working to adjust pitch to pitch and refining his command and mechanics. He also talked about his repertoire.
“My dad always taught me since I was a young kid to always attack anybody with your fastball,” Hensley said. “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.”
Getting to the majors by 21 is certainly not out of the question, but it seems unlikely. Phil Hughes was in the majors by the time he was 21 and they are very similar physically. He would have to sign and get started right away, play well, and most importantly he would need to stay healthy. It doesn’t seem like motivation will be a problem with this prospect.