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.
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.”
The 6’1”, 220-pound outfielder is a lock to start back in Charleston, SC. I predict that he will continue to perform and force the Yankees to call him up to join the Tampa Tarpons (Single-A – Advanced) before the All-Star break. He is an exceptional talent, keep an eye out for him to move quickly through the system.