Cardinals Arizona Fall Series: Tyler Henley

An exclusive interview with emerging Cardinals prospect, outfielder Tyler Henley.

Though his official status was as a member of the team's taxi squad, outfielder Tyler Henley saw semi-regular playing time for a period with the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. Due to injuries to others, he played three to four times per week instead of taking the field on just Wednesday and Saturday.

His AFL manager, Andre David, had an extended look at the left-handed hitter for the first time this fall. Coming from the Kansas City Royals system, David offers a fresh perspective.

"Henley has done a real good job here," David said. "He has played in right. I think I DH'ed him once but mostly I put him in the outfield. His swing is real short and he has a good feeling for the strike zone."

In response to my query about what Henley needs to be working on, David offered the following:

"It is all about getting ready to hit the fastball and to make other adjustments to the off-speed and he has done a real good job there," the manager said.

Overall, the 24-year-old Texan played in 16 AFL games going 18-for-60 (.300) with four doubles, one triple, two home runs, seven RBIs, 30 total bases, 11 runs, six walks and nine strikeouts. His line was .300/.358/.500.

Exclusive for Cardinal Nation subscribers: In an audio interview, Henley discusses his role in the lineup, his strong 2009 season with Springfield, his AFL campaign and more.


Other interviews in this series
Jeff Luhnow (four-part)
Bryan Anderson
Mike Parisi
Daryl Jones
Gary Daley Jr.
Daniel Descalso
Scott Gorgen

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