“Start on Friday night LSU“, – said Chris Klein, offering his own report on Cole Henry, who throws his right hand. Washington Nationals selected with the selection of the second round of the 2020 draft.
“Really good delivery,” Klein continued.
“Team guy, great fastball, concerning 97. His life is in the zone. It shows the makings of a plus ball.
According to Nationals ’assistant general manager and vice president of scouting operations, this breaking ball has yet to be reached as of June 2020, when the club selected Henry under the 55th overall pick in the draft.
“For Cole, I think he has the ability to spin it, he needs to learn to perform each one. And I feel like it could be above average. The change is now above average.
“It’s just a solid overall package. I see it as a quality № 3 with the potential to be a [No. 2 starter]».
Henry has entered 2020 Draft MLB ranked 45th place in the MLB Pipeline Scouts overallwho noted that he missed time as a freshman at the University of Louisiana when he was dealing with a stress reaction in his upper arm and aching right elbow, which caused concern for the health of the pitcher, who, however, according to a scout report, already owns , “Three solid to plus”, showed improved mechanics in his sophomore year, and is still projected as “… a solid starter in mid-rotation”, provided he can “prove he can stay on the mound”.
After he was elected by the citizens, Henry spoke to reporters about some mechanical changes he had made to avoid further injury problems after they did not let him on the mound as a freshman.
“Last year I struggled with some injuries throughout the season,” Henry explained, “… and as soon as I was about 3/4 of the season, I came home for the weekend and my dad and I kind of sat down and thought about it. that causes these injuries ”.
His father, a one-time prospect in the village Pittsburgh Pirates‘, had some ideas and friends to whom they turned for advice.
“We talked to a few of our good friends,” Henry explained, “and some guys who are really knowledgeable about supplies and certain pitcher mechanics, so we started talking to people and just trying to figure out that my delivery is putting all the pressure on my arm to cause this damage or anything else.
“We started going to work and found out that my arm was actually very long and stretched behind me during childbirth, so we immediately got to work, started working on just shortening the path of my arm, trying to relieve stress from my arm. and it worked out great for me. ”
In his sophomore year in 2020, Henry went on to draft Tigersgoing (2-1) with an ERA of 1.89, six moves (2.84 BB / 9), 23 cleanups (10.98 K / 9) and 0.231 BAA in 19 innings before the coronavirus pandemic ended the season in mid-March .
He was also limited by injuries in his first professional season in 2021, unfortunately, but finished strong, with a combined score of 2.30 ERA, 12 walks and 70 Ks in 11 games, 10 starts and 47 IP between High-A and Florida Comprehensive league.
Henry is out of the game for the “11-week period from May to August with inflammation of the elbow,” – wrote this week, scouts Fangraphs.com, ranking 82nd right-handed Nationals in the list of 100 best prospects for 2022. , but he “identified 38.7% of strikeouts in High-A in 2021 versus 6.7% of walks,” and “when he returned in August, he looked just as deadly as in the previous part of the season”.
“He was great here with his two- and four-stitch fastballs,” said former farm manager and current assistant general manager for players Mark Sialaba on federal baseball from Arizona in early November, where Henry went on the field to Arizona Fall. League and get extra work since he had a limited number during the season.
“His curved ball took on a new shape after he returned from injury,” Shalaba added. “His change is his go to step; it has a good sink and fades. He is a fierce competitor and leaves everything there. “
Representing Henry from Fangraphs.com Scouts ?:
“His two-wheeled car was sitting in the mid-90s, while his four-wheeler was 95-98 mph faster and was held in low-tunnel tunnels of the 80s with enough hands to cause silly swings on both sides of the plate . His actions with his hands are still long and hard, and his blow to the head makes his hat fly off so often that we wonder if he’s looking for a shampoo recommendation. But other than head and shoulders, he has improved his team over all his offerings [and] 2022 will be an important test of his ability to stay healthy, and if he does, he may be ready for a rapid rise in the system.
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