2012 Draft: Hensley headed to Tampa for physical


According to his Twitter feed, first rounder Ty Hensley is heading to Tampa for a few days to take his physical. That’s a pretty good indication that the two sides are very close to an agreement if one isn’t already in place. Slot money for the 30th overall pick is $1.6M and I’m guessing his bonus will come very close to that. Maybe a little over, maybe a little under.

Hensley told reporters shortly after the draft that he hopes to sign quickly and reach the big leagues by age 21. The signing deadline was moved up a full month to July 13th this year, so he should be able to throw some rookie ball innings once he officially joins the organization. Everything you need to know about the kid is right here.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Matt says:

    Matt Snyder is too if you take a look at the replies to the tweet.

  2. Gonzo says:

    He wants to get ruched to the majors? He’s got the right ballclub for that. amirite? amirite? Wacka Wacka Wacka!

  3. This Year says:

    Like the non-Borasian attitude. Let’s get to work, and I am blessed for being a millionaire at 18. Rare but sweet.

    • RetroRob says:

      Well if he signs for $1.5 million, he will have to pay his agent his cut. What does an agent get? 20% Less, more? Then he’ll have to pay Uncle Sam his share on what’s left, so that’s another 40%. Maybe he walks away with 700K or so. He’ll need part of that money to live on to over the coming seasons.

      So not quite a millionaire, but he’s doing better than the minimum wage I was getting at his age!

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Most agents get 3-5%.

      • MannyGeee says:

        this. And also, he’s got $700k to live off of (after tax) for the next 3ish years… As a college educated professional in my early 30′s, I can safely say I am NOWHERE near that. let alone the $10/hr I was lucky to get walking out of high school.

        • Brian Cashman is Watching says:

          Doesn’t he also get a paycheck for living expenses? This is just a signing bonus I thought.

          Plus tuition reimbursement. I think the $700K would fun money.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          The $700K isn’t really for the next 3 years only. While his expected income is huge because of the chance to make millions later… odds probably are that $ represents the majority of what he’ll make from baseball in his life. I think like 20-25% of guys drafted around #30 make MLB for more than a cup of coffee.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            Maybe not the majority (1st round picks are probably going to at least get a 40 man spot for a couple years even if they’re disappointments, I would guess), but probably a good chunk of what he should expect.

      • Dropped Third says:

        I hope the kid can get as much as he can, wouldnt you? And hes not guna be able to retire off this check but he wont be driving a beat, used car thats for damn sure.

    • MannyGeee says:

      this kid has character. lets hope he has a changeup too.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      A lot of guys sign pretty quickly and still do well for themselves.

  4. JohnC says:

    Hopefully they got him a little underslot so they can pool that extra money towards a couple of the high ceiling guys from day 3 like Jackson, Stewart or Moore

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This has been quite the quick falling-in-love process for fans. I really hope this kid’s excitement pays off. How he fell from almost being picked tenth to the Yankees is a great story.

  6. JohnC says:

    Jim Callis tweeted that Jays will sign Anthony Alford and allow him to play football in college. Hmmm. SOunds a little shady. Don’t know if anyone remembers a similar situation in the 80s with the Yanks drafting a kid named Billy Cannon Jr.. He was considered a top 10 pick but his dad sent a letter to all clubs telling them not to draft him cause he was going to school to play football. Yanks ended up taking him in 3rd round and signed him. Ironically, it was Jays’s GM Pat Gillick who raised hell about it and demanded that Commssioner Bowie Kuhn look into it. Kuhn agreed it was a shady deal and voided it and stripped Yanks of rights to Cannon.

    • Gonzo says:

      Didn’t Jake Locker among others have similar deals? He never once suited up for the Angels. It’s not exactly a recipe for MLB success.

      Jack McGeary signed a deal where he got to Stanford while the Nats paid for everything. He had to drive miles away to practice because Stanford wouldn’t let them use their baseball facilities. That didn’t really work out well for them either.

      • JohnC says:

        Come to think of it, I do remember Danny Ainge playing for the Jays while he was playing basketball in college, then went on to a great NBA career

      • A.D. says:

        Yeah Kyle Parker has/had one too

        Cedric Benson played summer ball for the dodgers

        Wasn’t Henson playing for the Yanks at Michigan and then they gave him the money to give up football?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      I remember when the Yankees let Deion Sanders do that…

      • RetroRob says:

        And there was some guy named Bo Jackson that some team allowed to play professional football. Didn’t work out well in the end.

  7. Kentucky Bomber says:

    Hope this Hensley works out better than Meulens.

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