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Friday, July 13, 2012
Yanks sign first-round pick Hensley


The Yankees announced on Friday that they've come to terms with first-round pick Ty Hensley.

Hensley, an 18-year-old right-hander, was selected by the Yanks in the first round of the 2012 first-year player draft (30th overall selection).

“I’m excited that I get to join such a prestigious organization with so much history and tradition,” Hensley said. “I’m lucky to have this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting my professional career going and getting to the big leagues as quickly as possible.”

It's a case of 'like father, like son' for Hensley, whose father, Mike, was a right-hander drafted in the second round in 1988 by the Cardinals.

Hensley comes highly rated by the respected publication Baseball America, which pegged the 6-4, 220-pounder as the No. 11 pitcher, and No. 23 player overall, in this year’s draft.

Hensley reached that ranking thanks in part to a stellar senior year at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. He went 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA in 11 games, striking out 111 batters in 55 1/3 innings en route to being named the 2012 Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year."

Hensley is just the seventh Oklahoma pitcher to be selected in the first round out of high school.