Results tagged ‘ Damon Oppenheimer ’

Hensley could be “a high-end starter”

The Yankees have released the following statement from vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer, regarding first-round Draft pick Ty Hensley:

“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.”

The Edmond Santa Fe (Okla.) High School right-hander checks in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. He is said to top out at 94 mph, with his best pitch being a power curveball.

“I model my game after Roger Clemens, my mechanics, but I try to be like Roy Halladay by being efficient,” Hensley told the MLB Network in a pre-Draft interview, adding that his typical pre-game meal is from Chipotle and that his favorite movie is ‘Bull Durham.’

6/7 – Yankees vs. Royals

Last night was a rough one, as the Yankees failed to capitalize on opportunities and let Darrell Rasner’s gutty effort – a career-high eight innings and 118 pitches, a season-high for any Yankee starter – go by the boards.

Rasner scattered nine hits and used a lot of those pitches early, but he really seemed determined to hang on long enough to get a win. If Jason Giambi doesn’t get rung up on a 3-2 pitch that ended the eighth inning, maybe we’re talking about Rasner’s record at 4-2 rather than 3-3.

Before the game, we were all herded into the public relations office for a conference call with the Yankees’ first-round pick, Gerrit Cole. If there was any doubt about how young Cole really is – he’s 17 – you knew it right away when he started rattling off the names of his favorite Yankees players. Derek Jeter. Bernie Williams. Paul O’Neill. Aaron Boone?

Yankees vice president of scouting Damon Oppenheimer says that he’s pleased with the 51 players the team drafted to replenish the system. The dividends from this draft are a few years down the road, but there’s no better examples than Phil Hughes (2004), Joba Chamberlain (2006) and Ian Kennedy (2006). It’s not as far off as it may seem.

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