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Ty Hensley signs with Yankees

The New York Yankees first round draft choice Ty Hensley joined The Daily Mississippian’s David Collier and Austin Miller on Daytime Fireworks on Rebel Sports Radio to discuss his recent decision to forgo the college route in favor of professional baseball.
The Oklahoman

 

The 2012 Ole Miss baseball recruiting class took yet another hit last Thursday night when Rebel signee Ty Hensley announced he had agreed to terms to sign with the New York Yankees.

Hensley, who was drafted with the number 30 overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June, announced the decision via Twitter.

“As the captain says... ‘Everything looks good in pinstripes!!!!’ Hensley said on Twitter. He then followed that up by tweeting, “With that being said... I'm going to be a New York Yankee... See you ASAP New York can't wait to get there!!!!”

Hensley officially signed his contract on Saturday at Yankee Stadium where he got his first taste of being a Yankee.

“It was an incredible moment,” Hensley said. “It really was. It’s been something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little boy. I never really knew if it would actually come to fruition, but it did, and just being able to be in the opportunity to be in that situation is amazing. I feel lucky and blessed, and I was thrilled to sign that line.”

The Edmond, Okla. native joins Gavin Cecchini and Stryker Trahan as first round draft picks to pass on their college years to get their professional careers started. Hensley had a big decision to make, and it wasn’t an easy one by any means.

“There are a lot of things that factor into the ultimate decision,” Hensley said. “At the end of the day, I had to go with my gut feeling and what I thought was best for my career.”

With all that said, Hensley still hopes the best for what would’ve been his teammates in Oxford.

“Ole Miss is a great place, and they’re going to do great things,” he said. “They have an amazing coaching staff and great people down there in Oxford. I can’t say enough good things about that coaching staff, the town of Oxford and Ole Miss in general.”

Hensley noted he has extremely high expectations for Ole Miss in the next few seasons.

“They’re still going to be extremely successful,” Hensley said. “They’ve got a lot of talent coming in with this class. I fully expect them to be in Omaha (in the College World Series) this next year and the two years after that.”

The Yankees signed Hensley for $1.2 million. The MLB recommended slot value was $1.6 million, and New York had upwards of $1.8 left to spend without receiving a penalty for going over their allotted value. Hensley was forced to take less money due to an abnormality found in his shoulder during an MRI.

“I was kind of surprised because I’ve never been sore or had any pain or felt anything,” Hensley said. “… I really watch what I do with my arm and what I do with my body.”

Hensley had made it known that he did not want to give up hitting, which is something that could’ve been a reality at Ole Miss. However, the shoulder issue changed things, and ultimately, made the decision for him.

“If I would’ve gone to school, it would’ve ended up following me,” he said. “I just felt that the best place to prove to people that I am perfectly healthy and that my abnormal is perfectly normal is in professional baseball.”

The right-hander started that journey on Monday when he arrived at the Yankees rookie league team in Tampa Bay, Fla. Hensley can now relax and move on with his career as he begins his climb through the minor league system, but first, he had a message for the Ole Miss faithful.

“I just want to tell all the people of Oxford thank you for being so supportive,” Hensley said. “I know it wasn’t an easy choice. I just had to make the best one for me. People could’ve reacted differently, but everyone’s been supportive. My family and myself really appreciate that. I really can’t say enough good things about the people of Oxford.”

 

To hear the entire interview, listen to Daytime Fireworks, which airs each Tuesday at 9 a.m., on the OnDemand section of the Rebel Sports Radio app for iPhone and Android.