2012 Draft Scouting Report: Ty Hensley

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 prep righty, Ty Hensley.

Name: Ty Hensley
Position: Pitcher
School: Santa Fe H.S. (Okla.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Ty Hensley, RHP, San Fe H.S. (Okla.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Body wise, Ty Hensley has a strong resemblance to Yankees' pitcher, Phil Hughes. He's strong and thick with some room for additional strength in his upper body in the coming years. He's a good overall athlete with experience as a position player as well.

Mechanics

Hensley is very sound mechanically. He has a high leg kick and stays very tall on his back leg, utilizing his 6-foot-5 frame well. Hensley also gets superb extension over his front side and has a clean finish. He could afford to involve his lower half a little more and get some more drive toward the plate. But, overall he's quite polished in terms of his mechanics and his arm works very free and easy.

Fastball

Like most high school arms, it's the fastball that will make you quickly notice Ty Hensley. He works steadily at 91-94 mph, and as he matures those 93s and 94s are going to become more and more frequent. Most importantly, he appears to be generating this velocity with relative ease. His fastball also has some late jump through the zone and produces some swings and misses up around belt high. His overhand delivery allows for good lateral fastball command and he appears to be able to live on the corners rather consistently.

Curveball

The breaking ball is what sets Hensley apart from other live armed prep right-handers. Hensley has the potential for a true 12-6 plus hammer curveball and already is flashing some nasty downward bite. It's pitch that will just over match hitters at his level right now and it will continue to be a swing and miss offering in the professional ranks. He currently throws it at 76-80 mph and is spotting it fairly well. The command still of course has a long way to go but the feel is there and the snap is very consistent. You aren't going to see too many hangers, which bodes well for the consistency of his release point and mechanics. With this pitch, Hensley has the potential for two plus pitches.

Changeup

As seems to be the case with most pitchers this age, the changeup is going to be the last thing to come for Hensley. He does flash it now and then, but he's clearly not nearly as comfortable with it as he is with his top two offerings. Thrown around 79-81 mph, he has room to improve on his arm speed. There's a distinct lack of conviction with it currently, but given the strength of his breaking ball, it's no surprise he hasn't had much need for a changeup.

Summation

Hensley has the large, broad frame scouts look for in a right-hander. Put that together with two outstanding offerings, a developing changeup, and a clean delivery and the total package is pretty impressive. Hensley is a first round type talent, and considering he hasn't even been primarily a pitcher for very long, we should only continue to see improvement from the hard throwing righty.

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