When it comes to prospects their path to stardom is not guaranteed and in most cases contains a few barriers which stand in their way. Pitching prospect Ty Hensley has learned that lesson the hard way since being drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft and on Friday his saga took another cruel twist of fate as Chad Jennings of Lohud.com reports that Hensley will undergo Tommy John Surgery for the second time in less than a year and likely won’t return to action for another 12 to 14 months.
A former high school quarterback, Hensley, 22, opened the eyes of scouts during his senior season on the mound at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors during his senior season, with a 10-0 record and 111 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. After initially agreeing to a $1.6 million signing bonus with Hensley following the draft, the Yankees reduced that figure after noticing an abnormality in his pitching shoulder.
Though Hensley made five appearances during his first professional season with the Gulf Coast Yankees, he would not see the mound again for nearly two seasons, due to a muscle strain and a subsequent hip injury. Hensley returned from his prior setbacks in 2014 and appeared on his way back, making 10 starts between GCL and the Staten Island Yankees and slowly regained the command of his pitches.
By March 2015, Hensley started to experience elbow issues in spring training and underwent Tommy John Surgery for the first time. The Yankees had expected Hensley to resume his career later this season before his latest setback, but instead will wait for him to make his full-season debut nearly three seasons removed from his last appearance in professional baseball.