PP 2004 Scouting Report: SP, Sean Henn

The New York Yankees selected left handed pitcher Sean Henn in the 26th round (788th) of the 2000 Draft. He was selected as a draft and follow and signed a monster 1.7 million dollar signing bonus before the 2001 Draft. Henn was suppose to play the 2001 season in Staten Island but suffered a major setback when he had to undergo "Tommy John" surgery and missed the entire 2002 season. However, in 2003 he was back in true form and scouts are saying to expect big things in the career of Sean Henn.

Vital Statistics;
Name: Sean Henn
Position: Pitcher
DOB: April 23, 1981
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
Place of Residence: Fort Worth, Texas
How Acquired: Drafted by the Yankees in the 26th round of the 2000 Draft and later signed a 1.7 million dollar signing bonus.

Sean Henn was highly sought after by the Yankee organization ever since 1999 when he was drafted by New York but promptly turned it down in order to continue to play his amateur career at McLennan University. The next season, the Yankees tried again and this time they successfully drafted Henn and gave him a record signing bonus of 1.7 million dollars.

Henn is a great success story, making his way out of a small community college in Waco, Texas to the prestigious Yankee organization. He had a stellar college career and was a left handed prize that the Yankees desperately wanted to land. After he was taken into the Yankee organization he was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees where he started 8 games, going 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA while giving up only 26 hits in 42 IP. Despite a very good start to his young Yankee career, the 20 year old lefty ran into elbow problems and doctors gave him the news that he needed to undergo "Tommy John" surgery.

In the scheme of things, arm surgery set Henn back nearly a year and a half in his career. However, this didn't demoralize Henn and he came back with vengeance in 2003. For a recipient of "Tommy John" surgery, Henn made an incredibly quick return by a hard working and determined attitude. This attitude made a great impression on coaches and scouts who starting to believe more and more that they had found a diamond in the rough in Waco, Texas. He made one rehab start in the Gulf Coast League after missing all of 2002 and was then ready to return to Tampa. In his one start in the Gulf Coast, Henn pitched a gem of a ballgame going 8 innings, allowing 2 earned runs and only 5 five hits. His star prospect status did not diminish one bit after his extended stint on the DL. His return to Tampa was true to form, going 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA and still possessing a blazing fastball.

Thanks to modern medical and scientific procedures, many scouts believe that Henn's bout with elbow problems will have no lasting effects on his status as a top flight prospect in the Yankees farm system and that because of his age and ability he will move very quickly through the ranks and be very effective. He has shown his drive to a great player and barring injuries should eventually make an impact on the major league level.

For the 2004 season, Henn may return to Tampa or he have earned himself a promotion to AA Trenton. As a result of the fact that he is already 22, the Yankees will probably be moving him quickly through the system.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Tampa

4-3

72.1

69

37

52

3.61

2003

GCL

1-1

8

5

3

10

2.25


*Stats as of 9/7/03

Repertoire. Fastball, Changeup, Slurve.

Fastball. Henn has a blazing fastball that scouts say has touched 99 miles per hour on the radar gun. However he averages out in the mid 90's. For a young player with a live arm, he also has decent control.

Other Pitches. Besides having a blazing fastball, Henn has been frequently accused of having a somewhat shallow repertoire. However, he has a very decent changeup (which is a very rare feat for a hard thrower) and coaches have been working with him on developing a slurve type pitch and scouts say that he is progressing well in developing his new pitch.

Pitching. Sean Henn has signified himself as a power fastball type pitcher and can strike a hitter out with it in any situation. He has fairly good control and he does not give up very many hits, so scouts are saying that he has the potential to be a dominant type pitcher at the big league level.

Projection. It is believed that Henn has the potential to be the next great Yankee lefty if he continues to develop on the proper path in the minors but in order for this to occur, scouts are saying that he must solidify that third pitch in his repertoire. However, they still believe that if he doesn't he could still be a solid relief pitcher but never a starter.

ETA. 2006. Henn could be ready for big league action as early as late 2005 but it seems much more likely that it will be 2006 because of his setbacks due to injuries in 2002. With the absence of left handed pitching in the New York Yankee rotation at this point, it is likely that the Yankees will be pushing this young man very hard to get to the Majors.

Starting Pitchers

2003 Team

Danny Borrell

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Jorge DePaula

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Alex Graman

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Christian Parker AAA - Columbus Clippers
Andy Beal AAA - Columbus Clippers
Chien Ming-Wang AA - Trenton Thunder
Javier Ortiz AA - Trenton Thunder
Sean Henn A - Tampa Yankees
Mark Phillips A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Valdez A - Battle Creek Yankees
Ray Clark A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matt DeSalvo A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jeremy King A - Battle Creek Yankees
Abel Gomez R - Gulf Coast Yankees


COMMENTS


The New York Yankee organization is as desperate for young starting pitchers as it has been in years. They haven't been able to come up with a successful homegrown starting pitcher since Andy Petitte came up in 1995. Hopefully, some of these young pitchers can step forward and be the next in line to be a New York Yankee, born and bred through the farm system when the team needs it the most.

1.) Danny Borrell - This young man has a lot of talent but his future is still uncertainty. He has already had major arm surgery and even though he is the top pitching prospect in the organization at this point, he is still a big question mark for the organization. If he is able to come back healthy and effective, he could be in the Bronx sooner rather than later.

2.) Jorge DePaula - Jorge DePaula has already gotten a taste of Yankee glory and is hoping it isn't his last. He has made one big league start and pitched a no hitter through 6+ innings of work. Could be a huge factor in the Yankee rotation as early as 2004 if injuries were to strike. Has electric stuff and could have an excellent future ahead of him.

3.) Alex Graman - Graman has become one of the enigmas of Yankee pitching prospects over the last couple years. He also has experienced major arm problems and has yet to show his return to true form. Has a very good repertoire but has to put all of his skills together in order to experience better results. Command and control must be improved upon.

4.) Christian Parker - Parker is hardly considered a prospect anymore ad will likely never be a big league player. Has also been bit with the injury bug in his career and it may have cost him his shot at the big leagues.

5.) Andy Beal - Beal has shown a lot of talent over his career but is yet to truly put it all together at a higher level of play. Had an ugly 1-6 record in 2003 to go along with a lofty 7.45 ERA. Needs to make a lot of improvement before he is considered to be on the road to the majors.

6.) Chien Ming Wang - In his time in the organization, "Tiger" Wang has been completely unpredictable. He has shown signs of dominance and has been awful as well. Yet another young pitcher that has experienced arm problems but seems to have recovered well and still has a deep repertoire that consists of a live 94MPH fastball.

7.) Javier Ortiz - Did not have the type of season that he would have hoped for in 2003, but proved that he could be a big time innings eater by tossing 150 innings for Trenton. Has a lot of potential but needs to work on his location to improve his 2003 record of 6-11.

8.) Sean Henn - Out of any pitcher in the organization, Sean Henn be the one that has the most raw talent. However, he is yet another pitcher that is coming off major arm surgery and has to show that he can bounce back. He will have a full season in 2004 to regain his mid 90's fastball.

9.) Mark Phillips - Mark Phillips is a solid young left handed pitcher in the organization but did not have the season in 2003 that most expected from him. He ended up with a bloated 5.76 ERA and it is mostly attributed to lack of command and inability to hit spots on tough hitters. Needs to improve in 2004.

10.) Jose Valdez - Valdez might be the diamond in the rough for the New York Yankees. He led the entire farm system in wins last season with 12 and scouts say that the 20 year old will only get better in 2004. Consistency is his one downfall and needs to have better command of his off speed pitches with more regularity.

11.) Ray Clark - Clark had a very fine 2003 campaign with Battle Creek going 8-7 with a 3.55 ERA. Knows how to change speeds very well which is highly unusual for a young pitcher. Has excellent control and could be in for a very bright future with the Yankees in the next few years.

12.) Matt DeSalvo - DeSalvo is a big time strikeout artist that has electric stuff. He is the type of pitcher that could easily dominate a ballgame. Is unknown to most but may be one of the most talented pitchers in the organization.

13.) Jeremy King - Jeremy King is a very talented young right-hander that seemed to be the hard luck loser for the Battle Creek and Tampa Yankees this season. At the end of the season, he had a disappointing 4-13 record to go along with a 3.80 ERA. It is obvious that his record does not reflect his skills as a pitcher or his ERA. Was third in the Yankee farm system with 120 strikeouts and his ERA also ranked in the top ten. Scouts and coaches believe that there is much more to come in the career of this 21 year old right-hander.

14.) Abel Gomez - Gomez is still very young and very raw as a pitcher even after one whole season with the Gulf Coast League. He went 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA over 37 innings pitched. Has a great fastball and strikes out a ton of hitters. In 2003, the left handed Gomez struck out a spectacular 43 hitters in only 37 IP. However, he needs to greatly improve his control. Walked a total of 26 batters last season and if he wants to be successful that number must come down.

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