Once Henley signs, the report says he will be assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the short-season New York-Penn League. "It's a dream come true," Henley told the Chronicle. "I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. I can't say enough good things. It's very exciting."
The paper spoke to someone familiar with the situation who says Henley will receive $190,000 as the Cardinals' eighth round pick, their tenth overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
In 2007 for the Owls, the now 22-year-old posted a .313/.429/.458 line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and he and his 56-14 team competed in the NCAA College World Series in Omaha for the second consecutive season.
A year ago, Henley led Conference-USA in runs (74), doubles (26), triples (7) and total bases (156) and following his sophomore season, the left-hander was selected by the Houston Astros in the 50th round of the draft. He competed in the Cape Cod League over that summer, finishing second in the wooden-bat league in slugging percentage at .552).
Henley is the 40th member of the Cardinals 2007 draft class of 52 players to sign. They break down as follows:
The deadline for the last 12 to come to terms is August 15. Unsigned players are listed here:
|4||Kyle Russell||OF||Univ of Texas|
|9||Michael Stutes||RHP||Oregon State Univ|
|12||Brett Zawacki||RHP||La Salle|
|19||Nicholas Peoples||2B||Univ of Texas|
|24||Samuel Freeman||LHP||N Central Texas College|
|37||Craig Ziegler||1B||Univ of Arizona|
|40||Justin Dalles||C||St Petersburg JC|
|44||Daniel Thomas||RHP||Univ of South Florida|
|45||Jameson Maj||RHP||Abilene Christian Univ|
|48||Jason King||OF||Dublin Jerome HS (OH)|
|49||Ronald Russell||RHP||Harmony Grove HS (AR)|
|50||Stephen McCray||RHP||Young Harris College|
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