With their first pick (and 30th overall) in the amateur draft, the Yankees chose Ty Hensley, a right-handed pitcher out of Santa Fe High School in Oklahoma. He's listed at 6'5", 220 lbs., while his scouting report says he sits in the low to mid 90s, and has a very good 12-6 curveball and developing changeup. Tell me that doesn't sound exactly like Phil Hughes.
Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees Director of Amateur Scouting, said:
We're excited to get a guy with such a high ceiling. He has the ideal body for a high school pitcher, as well as power stuff, and has the ability to be a high-end starter. He's demonstrated a quality makeup and has shown himself to be a hard worker, which makes him a quality pick for us.
Resident prospect expert Rob Steingall will have more on Hensley later today.
- A fan who ran onto the Comerica Park field during the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-1 Yankees win and got a fist bump from Nick Swisher has generated a battle of words between the critics (the Yankees) and the defenders (the Tigers). Click the link to see it.
- Fortunately (since Russell Martin is hitting .194/.342/.341), the Yanks have a lot of catching depth in the minor leagues, what with Austin Romine, JR Murphy, and, of course, Gary Sanchez, who's currently tearing it up in Low-A Charleston.
- Speaking of Martin, during last Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Angels, he and umpire Laz Diaz had some disagreements. Eventually Diaz wouldn't let Martin throw new balls back to the pitcher and told him "it was an honor he had to earn." MLB's VP of baseball operations, Joe Torre, spoke to Martin, so we'll see if anything comes of it.
- After no-hitting the Cardinals on Friday (while throwing 134 pitches), Johan Santana will be pushed back two days to face the Yankees this Friday. He'll try to tie Johnny Vander Meer's record of consecutive no-hitters, accomplished back in 1938.
- DeWayne Wise, of course, will be synonymous with no-hitters despite never having thrown a pitch. His incredible leaping catch to preserve Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 is still generating discussion. Have another look at the historic grab.
- Richard Ben Cramer's autobiography of Alex Rodriguez has been pushed back due to more pressing work for the author. Cramer has previously written biographies of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams and has been working on A-Rod's for at least three years now.