2. Ty Hensley, 2012
The Yankees were clearly going pitcher at the tail end of 2012’s first round when they chose Oklahoma high school righty Ty Hensley.
They, uh, had two better choices in their back pocket.
Hensley’s is a sad but true story that ended without an MLB appearance through very little fault of his own. During his post-draft physical, doctors discovered a shoulder abnormality that reduced his eventual bonus. What followed was a cavalcade of injury issues that unfortunately crested with Tommy John surgery — and in between, Hensley was attacked in his hometown by a college linebacker after an argument about bonus money. The right-hander reportedly wouldn’t reveal the total of his check, and a brawl ensued.
All dreadfully tragic, and we wish Hensley the best. Unfortunately, if it was pitching the Yankees were after, two sure things were selected in Hensley’s wake, making the choice all the more glaring.
Like projectable pitching? A teenaged Jose Berrios went to the Minnesota Twins two selections later at pick No. 32.
Want to absolutely change the course of history? The Astros took Lance McCullers Jr. at 41. That’s right. No more consecutive curveballs. No more breathing fire. No more trolling. The infuriating little bulldog could’ve been in the Yankees’ back pocket instead.
We’ll leave you with that unpleasant thought, as a long offseason of near-misses stretches out ahead of us.
Really, Austin Riley, too?! We’re not mad, we’re not mad …