2012 Draft: Hensley expects to sign quickly

Game 54: One-Third
Branyan homers twice in Triple-A win

Via Ryan Aber, first round pick Ty Hensley said negotiations with the Yankees will begin immediately and he expects to sign soon. “I’m ready to get this thing started,” said the prep right-hander. “I want to get out and play as soon as possible … My goal is to be there (in the big leagues) by the time I’m 21 years old.”

Slot money for the 30th overall pick is $1.6M and I expect Hensley’s eventual deal to come in relatively close to that amount, plus or minus. As you can see in this ESPN video, the kid looks very excited to have been drafted by New York. Everything you need to know about him is right here. The signing deadline is July 13th this year, moved up thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Game 54: One-Third
Branyan homers twice in Triple-A win
  • Jake H

    Hopefully he signs and gets a few innings in then some at extended. One good thing is HS kids will be able to get some more innings their senior year which should help them later on.

  • pat

    Looks like a good kid from a good family. Looks like he must have been in pretty close contact with the Yanks because he goes and pulls a Yankee hat from behind the couch and slaps it right on.Or maybe he just had a ton of hats back there, hah.

    • jon

      I wonder if he did have like 15 hats

      though that one didnt exactly look brand new

      • Jamey

        I’m guessing he probably had a good feeling The Yankees were definitely picking him, maybe a couple of other hats based on talking to scouts. Maybe any other team he just wouldn’t have busted out a hat for.

        • sangreal

          I don’t know… the reporter asked him if he knew the Yankees were going to pick him and while I don’t remember the answer, I don’t think he said yes. I do remember that he mentioned being pretty worried that he was falling so far in the draft (to the point where he left the room to talk to his father). If he knew the Yankees were going to grab him, shouldn’t have been worried.

          • Jamey

            I’m assuming certainly, but he would probably be more confident in teams he spoke to about his intent to sign after a certain point in the 1st round. His agent probably estimated where he was likely to be selected in the 1st, & from there it could just be a matter of basing it off who he felt closer with. Realistically I don’t know that he felt that great about the first 15 picks or so, I’d say he was banking on the 25-30 range.

      • JohnnyBGoode

        All the baseball players at my college have baseball hats for almost every team in the MLB. The Yankee hat is a classic one.

  • 28 this year

    Well if he expects to sign quickly, the deal can’t be far from slot because if the deal was, it wouldn’t get approved for a while right? I assume he’ll get right around slot and same with Aune.

    • j

      Its going to be interesting to see where our budget will go. Five of our picks in the first ten rounds are seniors who should be below slot guys. None of the rest seem to be signability guys. Barring Aune getting 1mm+ its going to be difficult for us to get up to 4.2 million. Good news is we should have space for tomorrow.

    • A.D.

      I believe they got rid of the whole holding back contract announcement with the penalties, but I could be wrong

  • Bo Knows

    I hope Hensley accomplishes his goal (as a SP and for the Yankees)

    Also, he looks like he could still gain something on his frame which is scary

  • YankeeGrunt

    Curious as to whether the cost savings from about Round 5 on to Round 10 was about paying for Hensley and Aune or about paying for picks that haven’t been made yet. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Other than Hensley the only guy we really “stole” was O’Brien and he has no leverage.

    • j

      I’m a big fan of O’Brien. Lots of power, decent contact that could improve if he revises his approach. Seems like he could stay at catcher, but even if he moves to 1B or the OF, he could be real good.

      • YankeeGrunt

        I’m very excited too, but we have all the leverage with him. If he doesn’t sign for what’ll probably be a below slot offer, the max he can make without penalty is $100K.

  • ultimate913

    Up by 21? He’d have to exceed expectations by quite a ton. Best of luck to him.

  • Voice of Reason

    That quote isn’t gonna serve him well with this crowd.

    It’s good to get guys signed fast and expose them to pro ball for sure, but I wonder if the lack of contentiousness means the Yankees are a bit more risk averse than they have the ability to be.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Why wouldn’t you want a kid to set a goal like that for himself? Lofty for sure, but I’ll certainly root for him to do it.

  • 28 this year

    I think the one thing that was brought up during the chat that was really interesting was how you can still pick signability guy late. The new rules destroy high bonuses but it raises the bar for lower guys and college seniors get more money in general. I think we are going to see the first couple picks being what you woudl normally expect and then a bunch of college seniors from rounds 4 or 5 to 10 adn then the guys that fall start gettign picked and knowing that you have a 100k that doesn’t count toward the cap which is an inherent discount in terms of using pool money. Unlike rounds 1-10, you can spend an extra 100k without affecting the cap. As bad as the draft rules are, there are some ways of still signing talent but I still hate the rules.

  • David Brown

    The biggest question about this Draft is how poorly regarded is it, by the Yankees and the rest of MLB? I think the answer will be determined by what happens with Mark Appel. We saw he fell right down the Draft Board (Probably related to Scott Boras). Do the Pirates spend a huge chunk of their $6.6m allotment in getting him signed, and essentially tank the rest of the Draft Board? If so that should tell people something about the rest of the class (And this guy is not considered Strasburg or even Cole).
    Taking this to the Yankees, you have to ask do they consider the entire draft to be 90% filler? And if so, how much do they actually spend?

    • Bo Knows

      there are a ton of talented people in this draft (just no clear number one), if these kids went to college we’d be talking about how strong the 2015 draft is.

  • Brian in NH

    Get him to Tampa STAT

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    “I think God had a plan for me. He wanted me to be a New York Yankee.”

    Love this kid!

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      (honetly much of his interview reminded me of Nuke LaLoosh *after* he finally started listening to Crash and using the sound bites!)