NEW YORK -- Ty Hensley got his chance to suit up with the Yankees on Sunday morning, hiking up his pinstriped pants over high socks and joining the big league club to shag fly balls during batting practice.
The club's first-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Hensley signed a professional contract with a $1.2 million bonus this week. The 18-year-old right-hander is flying to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday evening to join the Yankees' Gulf Coast League team.
"I've gotten a lot of good advice and tips," said Hensley, who was most looking forward to meeting Derek Jeter. "I'm looking forward to bringing them down to Tampa."
After the Yankees selected him 30th overall from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., where he was named the 2012 Gatorade Oklahoma "Baseball Player of the Year," Hensley said that his goal is to pitch in the big leagues by age 21. He stood by that on Sunday.
"It's definitely still my goal," Hensley said. "That's what I plan on doing. I've got a good group of people behind me, and I think it's definitely within reach."
Hensley received less than the $1.6 million recommended slot bonus after a routine MRI revealed an abnormality in his pitching shoulder.
"All I can tell you is that I'm healthy and I plan on staying healthy," Hensley said. "I've never been sore. I've never even been sore after I've thrown. I'm going to be healthy for a long time, and I prepare myself. I do my body right."
Hensley acknowledged that the diagnosis impacted negotiations, but said his shoulder has never given him any issues. He had committed to the University of Mississippi, but decided to instead accept the Yankees' reduced offer.
"At the end of the day, it just came down to what I really wanted to do more -- go to school or play pro ball," Hensley said. "And pro ball has always been my dream."