Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Born: July 30, 1993
Oklahoma has produced some phenomenal pitching talent over the years, but 2011 was a banner year for the Sooner State. They produced two of the top seven picks, and three of the top 44. Many expected a major drop-off this year, but scouts and critics alike have to be encouraged by the state’s top prospect, Ty Hensley.
Not only is Hensley a beast of a man (6-5/200) with a great repertoire of pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup), but he also has great bloodlines. His father Mike was a great player at Oklahoma before getting plucked in the second-round of the 1988 draft by St. Louis. He pitched for a few seasons in the minors but was forced into an early retirement due to an arm injury. He resurfaced as a pitching coach for Kansas State, yet another helpful hand Ty’s corner.
As for the younger Hensley, Ty had one hell of a season. He pitched Santa Fe High into the state semifinals, where they lost to Archie Bradley’s alma-mater, Broken Arrow High, a year after losing to Dylan Bundy’s Owasso High in the same round.
His results were phenomenal. He went 10-0 with 111 strikeouts in 55.1 innings on the mound and produced 10 homers and 42 RBI at the plate.
As impressive as Hensley looked at the plate, there’s no question his future lies on the mound. His fastball has been clocked as high as 96 mph this spring and he routinely sits in the low-to-mid 90s with the offering. His curveball emerged as a dangerous weapon this season and he throws a promising changeup, giving him a chance for three above-average pitches. That, combined with his prototypical size should make him an easy day-one pick.
Swaying him from his commitment to Mississippi will be the trick.
Fastball: 90-96 mph
Curveball: 76-81 mph
Changeup: 79-83 mph