New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, selected first baseman/outfielder Steven Sensley out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with the 362nd overall draft pick in the 12th round of the 2017 Draft. That marked the third time Steven was taken in June’s amateur draft.
Sensley slashed .314/.576/.417 with 11 home runs, 26 extra base hits, and 46 RBIs in this past season with the Ragin’ Cajuns. The lefty has shown the kind of power stroke that would play well with the short porch in Yankee Stadium and proved a tremendous amount of improvement over his two-year stint with Louisiana-Lafayette.
After signing, the Yankees immediately assigned Steven to the Gulf Coast League Yankees (Rookie). However, this was a short stay as Sensely quickly earned a promotion to the Pulaski Yankees (Rookie) after two games. The lefty raked in Pulaski, slashing .316/.402/.673 with nine home runs and eight doubles and drove in 23 runs in 27 games. His performance earned him a second promotion, this time to the Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A). In 21 games playing for Charleston, he hit four home runs, five doubles and slashed .259/.370/.584.
Sensley started the 2018 season back in Single-A with the Charleston RiverDogs. The right fielder hit .277/.354/.498 in 67 games while hitting 15 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, and 22 RBIs. On June 27 he was promoted to High-A Tampa where he hit just .203/.292/.371 in 43 games for the Tarpons. This season was a big one for Sensley as he began the conversion to playing first base, playing 36 games at the position. He continued it in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .197/.256/.263 in 21 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Steven makes good contact, and his tremendous natural strength takes over.
In an interview earlier this year with our very own Joe Dixon, he said, “The only thing I focus on with my swing is staying inside the baseball. Sometimes I tend to get around it a little bit. Other than that, I think my swing is fine, it’s just mentally and my approach at the plate, being patient and getting that pitch to hit… I attribute my power to being patient, and I think I have to work on that here. The first couple of games I’ve been trying to make something happen instead of being patient and let my pitch come to me. I have to be patient, get my pitch to hit then drive that pitch.”
Per Dixon, “Sensley has been a solid outfielder. He shows good range as a corner outfielder and a strong throwing arm.” Sensley continued to say, “Right now I’m working on reaction, reacting to the ball off the bat. I think I can get better at that. I think my strength in the outfield is my arm strength. I think I can make some good throws, get some guys out, help my team.”
Sensley is in the middle of switching positions, one where he would be blocked in the upper levels of the farm system at the moment, which means he is destined to start the 2019 season back in Tampa with the Tarpons.