Kiley McDaniel scouts Ty Hensley


In an Insider-only piece at ESPN, former Yankees intern Kiley McDaniel provided an extended scouting report on first rounder Ty Hensley from his first pro outing. He said the right-hander looked completely healthy despite the shoulder “abnormality” that led to a below-slot signing bonus, while also noting that he still looked “like an 19-year-old power arm learning to harness his stuff.”

McDaniel clocked Hensley at 90-93 and said he was “hitting 95 mph with two-seam life.” His mid-70s curveball “flashed plus” and the report on his changeup was surprisingly positive. “Hensley also threw an 80-82 mph changeup that has a chance to be above-average — better than many of the top prep arms from his class that I scouted this year,” wrote McDaniel. “That may be the most encouraging thing, as Hensley’s challenge will be channeling pure power into a mix of power and finesse, and feel for a changeup at this age is a good indicator that he’ll be able to accomplish that. The Yankees will work with him to clean up his delivery, as he’s a heel-lander with a little noise in his motion, but the elements are here for a frontline starter if Hensley can make the necessary adjustments.”

Also check out McDaniel’s reports on OF Tyler Austin, OF Slade Heathcott, OF Mason Williams, C Gary Sanchez, and others in case you missed them. Hensley pitched for the Rookie Level GCL Yankees this afternoon, allowing three unearned runs on one hit and two hit batsmen in 2.2 innings. He struck out a pair and got four other outs on the ground.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. jjyank says:

    “hitting 95 mph with two-seam life.”


    Good report, consider me excited. I know he’s very, very far away, but I love hearing about this stuff.

    • Laz says:

      The biggest concern with Ty is injury concern. If he stays healthy he has a good fb and change. They will probably also try and get him to mix a curve or slider into the mix, although 95 with 2 seam life is pretty nice by itself.

  2. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Made my night.

  3. vin says:

    Seemed like the Yanks had a solid draft this year. Hopefully it actually pans out that way.

  4. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    2010 draft certainly looks good…hopefully we can say the same for the talented 2012 group, even without signing vincent jackson

    • Angelo says:

      Yeah. 2010 was considered to be a weak draft if I remember correctly, and the Yankees landed Gumbs, Segedin, Mason Williams, Gamel, and Tyler Austin. That’s pretty good.

      The pitching hasn’t had much success so far, but there’s still some interesting arms. Encinas, Morton, Rutckyj, Kahnle, and Burawa.

  5. Pops says:

    This scouting report by Kiley McDaniel was right on -on TY Hensley’s first outing. He was definitely rusty due to not throwing since May and looked like he was really pushing. But I would like to give you an update. I am very encouraged with the Yankeee’s first pick Ty Hensley. since his first outing referened to in the scouting report by
    Mike he has definely progressed. Since that first outing Ty pitched 10 innnings gave up 4 hits 0 earned runs 3 BB and 13 SO. His 2 semer has benn steady in the 92-94 range with clockings of 97. His 12-6 curve ball still is awsome and the change is really coming along

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