New York Yankees: Drew Henson says his skills mirror one of MLB’s best

28 Feb 2002 : Drew Henson of the New York Yankees during the Spring Training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. DIGITAL IMAGE.

Former football and baseball stud prospect Drew Henson claims he would have been a star had he stayed with the New York Yankees.

Recently, New York Post reporter Joel Sherman asked ex-New York Yankees infielder Drew Henson whether his castoff MLB career could have been successful. Henson took a less-than-humble route in his reply:

“Yes, I do,” Henson told Sherman. “I never took a hitting lesson. My dad’s a football coach and was throwing me batting practice every day and twice on Sundays. I think if I were a baseball player, Kris Bryant and I have the same type of skill set.”

Bryant, the Chicago Cubs’ outstanding third baseman, is a truly lofty comparison. The 28-year-old has been an NL All-Star three times and won NL Rookie of the Year and MVP in his five-year MLB career.

Henson is famous for being simultaneously the star quarterback at the University of Michigan and a “can’t-miss” prospect in the Yankees organization in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Torn between the two sports, he eventually signed a large contract with the Bombers before trying his luck as an NFL backup quarterback.

The 40-year-old said he would have stuck at third base or right field had he persevered in baseball. He also offered a bit of 20/20 hindsight.

“… I wish as a young player I knew what I know now, especially breaking in as a young player with the Yankees,” he admitted to Sherman.

Alas, Henson only ever played in eight MLB games, all with the New York Yankees in 2002 and 2003. He went 1-for-9 with no extra-base hits and no RBIs.

In the minor leagues, he was a .248/.304/.424 hitter, displaying excellent pop with 67 homers in 501 games.

Henson last played professional baseball as a September call-up with the Yanks in 2003. His NFL career spanned nine games and 20 pass attempts.

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