Hensley originally agreed to sign for $1.6 million in June, but the Yankees found an abnormality in his throwing shoulder during his physical, reports Jim Callis of Baseball America.
Though the 6'5" pitcher had to settle for less than his slot value, he understands why it was done and is excited about his opportunity with the Yankees.
"People have told me all along that there is the game of baseball and the business of baseball," Hensley said in a statement from his advisor, Rob Martin of ICON Sports. "All I know is that I'm ready to get back to playing baseball. I'm healthy and throwing up to 98 mph and have never had any shoulder trouble, period. At the end of the day I have decided that the best place for me to prove that this 'abnormal' is my 'normal' is on the field in pro ball, and I can't think of an organization I'd rather do it with than the New York Yankees. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization with such history and I'm ready to work!"
There is no doubt within the Yankees organization that Hensley is ready to work, as he has been praised by scouts for his work ethic in the past.
A two-sport athlete at his Oklahoma high school, Hensley has an above-average curveball and a powerful fastball that can reach high 90's. He also played quarterback for his high school's football team.
Before getting drafted by the Yankees, Hensley had committed to play baseball at the University of Mississippi.
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