Scouting Mets' Prospect #42: Sean Henry

The New York Mets selected Sean Henry in the 20th round of the 2004 draft out of Diablo Valley College. Henry's offensive game gives some scouts the thought that he could develop into a Jose Reyes-type player down the road. Here is a scouting report on the GCL Mets' shortstop, Sean Henry.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Sean Henry
Position: Shortstop
DOB: August 18, 1985
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

While playing baseball at Armijo High School in California, Sean Henry ranked #6 among all the high school shortstops in the United States in 2003 by Team One Baseball and he ranked #84 overall among all high school players that same year. He decided to stay close to home and go to community college at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Valley, California. After just one season at college, the Mets selected the athletic shortstop on day two of the 2004 draft.

Henry signed in June of this past year and the Mets assigned him to their new Gulf Coast League team after having too many shortstops already at Kingsport. The K-Mets already had Marcos Cabral, Russ Triplett, and Travis Garcia splitting time at shortstop. Henry had a good professional debut at the plate with the GCL Mets, hitting .282 in a team-high 202 at-bats. He led the club in triples and stolen bases, while finishing tied for second in walks and home runs. While he was more than the Mets expected at the plate, Henry had his fair share of growing pains in the field. Used primarily as the shortstop (he played three games at 3B), Henry led the GCL Mets in errors with 18!

In fact, Henry's wayward throws at shortstop had some scouts believing in the early going that he may be moved to second base. "He's not an everyday shortstop at the Major League level" says one scout. "Henry has very good range and fair hands for a second baseman and he's just too erratic to play shortstop. He does a little bit of everything. He runs well, hits for some power and has a good eye at the plate. Right now he's the best ceiling guy at second base for the Mets." That's if the Mets decide to move him over to second base.



























* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Despite his smallish size (5'11", 160 lbs), Henry hits the ball with authority. He does not get cheated at the plate at all. Despite looking to hit the ball hard, Henry has good patience at the plate. Considering his lack of experience, Henry has good pitch recognition. With his eye at the plate and his speed, he could develop into a .300+ hitter after some more seasoning. He has good power for a middle infielder. The ball jumps off his bat much in the same way it does for Jose Reyes. The two are comparable in that regard.

Base Running and Speed. Henry is really fast. The jury is still out on whether or not he's going to be a great base stealer, but Henry has God-given speed that is unsurpassed by many. He'll have to learn the nuances of reading the pitchers' moves. But boy can he fly!

Defense. Henry is a very solid defensive player with soft hands, a great range, and a terrific arm. In fact his arm might be too good as his throws to first base are often erratic at times. That can be chalked up to inexperience however. Some scouts believe his future is as a second baseman, but he certainly has the potential to be an awfully good shortstop as well.

Projection. It all depends on which position he settles into. If he is moved over to second base, he'd have some of the best range and arms among all Mets' second base prospects. He has the stick and the speed to eventually become an everyday shortstop or second baseman. The talent is certainly there. The rest is up to him to showcase his skills and put up the good numbers.

ETA. N/A. Again, it all depends on which position he plays. 2005 will be a telling year in that regard. Henry has a shot at playing in Brooklyn next season and where he plays will give us a better idea of a realistic timetable. If he is moved to 2B, he easily becomes the second base prospect with the highest upside for the Mets.

Second Basemen

2004 Team

Danny Garcia

AAA - Norfolk Tides

David Bacani

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Chris Basak AA - Binghamton Mets
Chase Lambin AA - Binghamton Mets
Robert McIntyre A - St. Lucie Mets
Wilson Batista A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake Whealy A - Capital City Bombers
Matt Fisher A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Kevin Rios A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Marcos Cabral R - Kingsport Mets
Bryan Zech R - Kingsport Mets
Todd Dulaney R - GCL Mets
Armand Gaerlan R - GCL Mets


The Mets are loaded with possible Major League utility men at second base for them in the minors. Garcia, Bacani, and Basak all have the look of utility players and possible situational hitters down the road. Chase Lambin is the one second base prospect that could wind up being a starting second baseman at the Major League level, but it's more likely he'll be #1 on the utility prospect depth chart. Blake Whealy is the most intriguing second base prospect. He can be a great utility player down the road if he doesn't make the leap as a starting second baseman. There's a decent chance that the Mets might move a shortstop prospect or two over to second base.

1) Danny Garcia - Garcia has been the victim of the New York-Norfolk shuffle, enough so that it has been tough to find consistent at-bats. He's consistent enough at the plate, with good gap power, and solid in the field. Garcia's a legit Major League prospect, but most likely as a utility player and pinch-hitter. Think Joe McEwing with more pop.

2) David Bacani - Nicknamed "Pound for Pound" by his teammates, Bacani gets the most out of his size. At just 5'7", Bacani is a good hitter with some decent power and was among the Eastern League leaders in hitting this past season. He's probably too small to be an everyday starting 2B at the Major League level, but don't tell him that. Bacani can be a very good backup player in the Majors.

3) Chris Basak - Basak is another prospect that has the look of a very useful utility player at the Major League level. He can play 2B, SS, and 3B. He's a decent hitter with adequate power and good speed on the base paths.

4) Chase Lambin - Talk about your logjams. Lambin is another very good utility prospect in the Mets' system but has perhaps the best chance (among Basak, Bacani, and Garcia) to be a Major League starting second baseman. He got some time in at first base and third base at the Instructs this fall. He's a leader in the clubhouse and on the field and is easily one of the hardest workers among all Mets' prospects.

5) Robert McIntyre - Time is running out for McIntyre as a 2B prospect. So much so, he was tested as a possible pitcher in the Instructional Leagues this fall. He's a non-factor as a legit prospect at the plate after hitting .208 for the St. Lucie Mets this past season.

6) Wilson Batista - Batista logged more games in at SS but a permanent switch to 2B is not far off. Blessed with great speed, Batista has a good batting eye and has shown flashes of being able to be a consistent hitter atop the lineup. He only needs some more seasoning before being able to make that leap into the next category of good prospects.

7) Blake Whealy - Perhaps the best Major League 2B prospect in the Mets' farm system, Whealy has shown excellent power for a middle infielder and that should aid his cause as he rises through the ranks. He turned around his season after a disastrous start and got a lot of scouts to sit up and take notice with his strong finish to the 2004 season. Whether or not he makes it to Shea, chances are he'd be a great piece in a future trade at minimum on the strength of his bat.

8) Matthew Fisher - Fisher is a decent power hitter for a guy his size (5'9"). Solid in the field, Fisher has the look of a late round draft pick (33rd round in '04) that could defy the odds and make some noise in the prospect ranks. He reminds some scouts of Marcus Giles for his stature and approach at the plate.

9) Kevin Rios - Rios has more potential than he's shown thus far. Right now he has the look of a very useful utility player, able to play most infield positions. Think Danny Garcia with a little more power potential. He still has a chance to be a good 2B prospect for the Mets.

10) Marcos Cabral - Cabral has decent gap power and could prove to be a useful infield utility player down the road. He does not project to be a Major League starting second baseman at this time.

11) Bryan Zech - A Florida State product, Zech's baptism to professional baseball and the wooden bat did not go over well this past season. He did not show the same promise he had at FSU (.342-8-46-9). We'll see what he can do next season as he's better than his numbers suggest.

12) Todd Dulaney - Dulaney is steady. He's steady on the field and at the plate. The problem is he does not have the look of a difference maker at the plate in the early going.

13) Armand Gaerlan - Despite playing 2B, SS, and 3B, Gaerlan has the look of a future second base prospect in the Mets' farm system. He committed way too many errors this past season and looks more comfortable at second base. Gaerlan has good speed and an excellent batting eye. He could be a good leadoff hitter as he matures.

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