Exclusive Sit Down With Yankees Top Prospect Ty Hensley
The MLBTalk continued its Offseason 101 series with Brian Danuff and Gershon Rabinowitz interviewing New York Yankees pitching prospect Michael Tyler Hensley. We learned a lot about this man; what it’s like to rehab from hip surgery, how different it is for a pitcher to recover from the same injury that a position player has, how he spent the time when he was not allowed to do any physical activity and also what it’s like knowing you are part of the New York Yankees organization. Hensley is a 20 year old Oklahoma native. He was the New York Yankees 30th overall draft pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft. He was drafted out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK. Hensley has only played in five games with the Tampa Yankees (Class ‘’A’’ of the Florida Gulf League). In 2012 his record was 2-3 and he had an E.R.A. of 3.00. He only threw 12 innings and struck out 14 batters. Hensley suffered a hip injury after the 2012 season similar to the one Alex Rodriguez did before the 2009 season.
Hensley finished his rehab program in October of 2013 and since then he has been carefully working on getting his hip back to 100%. After not throwing a single pitch in 2013 Ty is extremely anxious to begin Spring Training. When Hensley got the call that he was being drafted by the Yankees he said, ‘’It was probably one of the coolest moments of my life’’. When Yankees pitchers and catchers report to their Spring Training facility in Tampa, Florida on February 14th Ty certainly expects to get on the mound. He even threw his first bullpen session since being hurt on Monday, January 27th (which was a huge step in his recovery). Ty is only twenty years old an has a lot more to show. He also knows that 2013 will be a very important year for him. Although he has to be careful with his surgically repaired hip, he has to prove to everyone how talented of a pitcher he is.
We want to thank Ty very much for letting us chat with him. We wish him all the best in the future and hope to one day see him pitching with the big club in New York!