2012 Draft Scouting Report: Josh Henderson

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at outfielder, Josh Henderson.

Name: Josh Henderson
Position: Outfield
School: Home School (Va.)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 184
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


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Physical Description

Henderson has an extremely athletic frame. He's wiry with some room to grow in his upper and lower half. He already has some muscularity in his upper body and has broad shoulders, but overall is a fast twitch plus athlete type. Henderson is likely to add some bulk as he gets older, but I'd expect him to remain generally on the leaner side and remain a plus athlete.

Hitting

Henderson shares some similarities with Jason Heyward in terms of swing mechanics. You could call this swing an upper body swing, as some said Heyward had in high school. There's a lot of torque involved and Henderson loads very aggressively with his back shoulder and hands. He uses his whole body exceptionally well, however, and he's not overly dependent on this upper body movement to produce power. He throws his hands through the hitting zone with tremendous plus bat speed and gets some big extension out in front. This is one of the fastest bats in the country and he's going to hit some ferocious line drives as a pro. This is as pure a hitter as there is in the 2012 class.

Power

Josh Henderson has a chance to be special power bat. He's the type of power bat that's a plus bat that just so happens to have 30 home run type power as well. The back spin and carry he generates are as impressive as any hitter in the 2012 class and his power plays to the big parts of the park. Henderson's batting practices are must watch events and his compact swing should allow him to bring that huge raw power into game action without much trouble.

Fielding

Arm strength is a bit of an issue for Henderson. He has a below average arm and likely will be limited to left field because of it. He has the speed, currently at least, to play all three outfield positions but his arm won't allow for it in the pros. He showed some good reads in showcase action and should be reliable corner outfielder with plus range as a pro.

Speed

Henderson has plus speed. He grades out around a 6 on the 20-80 scale and figures to stay around there for the long term. He also already has the look of an instinctive player and that should translate well for him in the base stealing department.

Summation

The bat is the ticket when it comes to Josh Henderson. He has other tools, but given how good he could be at the plate the rest of it is just icing on the cake. He's a natural, free and easy hitter that, with further exposure, could potentially establish himself as the best pure bat in the high school class. The power from the left size is prolific and appears to be generated with ease, and he's already showing an advanced feel at the plate in game action. He may be somewhat limited position wise due to his arm, but the bat could be special at any position.

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