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Portage Northern (HS) • MI
6' 4" • 185LBS
L/L • 26yr 10mo
Travel Team: Midwest Athletics
2016 National

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Perhaps our favorite lefty of the bunch. Only a sophomore Henry stands at 6-foot-1, 160-pounds.  His arm is clean and easy.  Smooth easy mechanics. Not a hard thrower yet but he will over time. Fastball ranged between 81-83mph.  Fluid repeatable mechanics.  Hides ball well. Works downhill and command zone.  Has a chance to be really special. Good athlete who also worked out in the OF.  Showed good actions with 84mph arm strength.

5/11/19: Long bodied, athletic lefty at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds with a calm, cool and collected demeanor on the mound. Utilizes a shoulder tilt delivery and a high three-quarter slot. Hides the ball well for good deception. Works down the hill with good vertical angle (17-20") to the plate and above average extension out front (7' on his fastball and changeup). Looks to have shortened his arm path a bit for a more fluid circle and better sequencing in his delivery when compared to my look last summer. Henry occasionally fought his front side, but for the most part, did a good job getting over and through. His type of delivery is typically a good one for pitchers with high spin rates: Guys who can live with "mistake" fastballs in the upper third of the strike zone or those who purposely pitch there with it. However, Henry does not have that type of spin rate. His averages around 2200 rpm which is considered average at his typical velocity of 90-91 mph (spin rate increases around 1% for every 1 mph increase). He must consistently keep the ball down in the zone for optimal success. On this look he worked his fastball down to both sides of the plate during the first couple innings, sitting 89-91 mph (T92). At that velocity the pitch is considered a "40" grade fastball at the MLB level, but Henry's played up a grade due to the deception and his extension to the plate, adding some sneak to the pitch. His 82-83 mph slider flashed above average a couple times, but was mostly flat through the zone and played below average for the game. Henry's changeup was his top offspeed offering at 81-82 mph. Maintained his fastball arm speed and slot, while showing some fade/sink to his armside. After striking out eight hitters through the first four innings, Henry tired in the fifth, elevated his lessened 88-89 mph fastball and the Hooisers quickly chased him from the game with a walk, single, two home runs and a lineout. I did not see the type of velocity he was reportedly seen pitching with earlier in the season (91-93, T94 mph). As I noted during my look from the Cape last summer, his velocity in the 88-91 range is likely where he will pitch at every fifth day in pro ball. With more of a finesse repertoire and a low-80s slider (instead of a curveball) he presents a tough profile for anything more than a back of the rotation starter. On my looks, I've seen more of an early Day Two type of pitching prospect. However, it's not just about my four career looks which also include one as a high school senior. It's about his entire body of work and the supply/demand of the draft. With Henry's college performance (ranks 28th overall according to our analytics- see below), a clean injury history and a shortage of college pitchers who project to start at the pro level, Henry carries significant draft value. He will likely be selected late during Day One this June. (Seifert)

4/10/19: One would be hard pressed to name a pitcher who started the season hotter than Henry, who surrendered just four earned runs in 47.2 innings over his first seven starts. At his best, he fills the zone with strikes, commanding his fastball to either side of the plate and generating weak contact with his secondaries. In a recent start against Ohio State, however, he struggled to locate, and the Buckeyes took advantage of his mistakes. Coming nearly completely over the top with a high release, Henry is balanced and controlled throughout his repeatable delivery. At 88-91 mph with periodic arm-side run, the modest velocity on his fastball doesn't provide much margin for error especially on misses up in the zone. He does well to replicate fastball arm speed when throwing his changeup, a pitch with late tumble that flashed above average. He drops his arm slot a tick on his often-used slider but the release is still conducive to 1-to-7 break with moderate depth. While he's filled out considerably since high school, Henry looks slighter than his listed 6-foot-3, 205 frame, with additional room to add weight as he matures. As a pitchability lefty who commands three pitches and a touch more projection than his collegiate peers, Henry profiles as a back-end starter as a professional. (Granger)

8/20/18Finesse, loose armed lefty with a repeatable, starter-type delivery and arm action. At six-foot-three, 195 pounds there is remaining projection in his frame. However, with average arm speed and the same velocity he showed in a starting role as high school senior his fastball is likely maxed out in the upper-80s, touching 91 on occasion. Worked 87-90 mph early, settling in at 86-88 by the third. Sneaky life at times. Induced several swing/misses. Mixed in an average 79-82 mph changeup thrown with good hand speed and a near average sweeping slider at 80-81. Showed the ability to expand for a chase pitch to left-handed hitters. His curveball thrown at 72-74 mph lacked teeth with a soft break and average depth. With Henry’s combination of body type, delivery, arm action and two secondary offerings he’s an attractive pitching prospect and likely Day Two draft candidate. However, the lack of a consistent above average/out pitch may deflate his value without a dominant statistical performance this spring. (Seifert)

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