If it weren't for restrictive rules on how many games high school baseball teams can play in Kansas, Ty Hensley might have never returned to Oklahoma.
Sometime Monday night, though, Hensley figures to become the first Edmond Santa Fe player selected in the first round when the MLB Draft gets under way in Secaucus, N.J.
“It's a combination of a lot of emotions right now,” Hensley said before leaving for his final pre-draft workout. “I'm extremely excited mainly.”
In the last few weeks, Hensley has flown to Tampa, Denver, Dallas and Houston and even worked out at Edmond Santa Fe in front of about 50 scouts.
Hensley was recently named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year after a dominant season where he climbed draft boards consistently while many other high school pitchers fell.
Hensley was 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings for the Wolves.
“I've done pretty much everything I could do,” Hensley said. “Now, I'm just trying to enjoy it as much as I can.
“It's been fun going around to the major league parks and working out.”
Three major mock drafts — MLB.com, Baseball America and ESPN.com — all have Hensley going No. 18 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers are hosting Hensley's final pre-draft workout.
He'll fly back from Los Angeles on Monday morning before spending that night with family, teammates and other friends at a watch party.
His father, Mike, starred at Latta High before going on to pitch at OU. Mike briefly played in the minors before starting a coaching career that landed him at Kansas State.
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