Nats prospect Cole Henry way ahead of game as 2021 approaches – Byron Kerr

Here is an update on the Nationals’ 2020 second-round draft selection, right-hander Cole Henry. The 6-foot-4, 211-lb., Henry was LSU’s No. 1 starter in the most recent abbreviated season. He is rated as the Nats No. 4 overall prospect on MLBPipeline.com.

Although the Tigers were only able to get four weekends of play in due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, Henry still managed to go 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings. He recorded 23 strikeouts with only six walks. On Feb. 28, he beat Texas 4-3 at Minute Maid Park by allowing only two earned runs in six innings on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He also defeated Indiana 8-1 on Feb. 14 with four scoreless innings, tallying no walks and eight strikeouts.

Here are a couple of the strikeouts Henry had versus the Longhorns back in February in his second win.

At fall instructional league play, Nats pitching coordinator Brad Holman said Henry showed a three-pitch repertoire with a fastball reaching the mid-90s and a 12-to-6 curveball.

“I think about his extreme feel for pitching,” Holman said. “Cerebral guy. He throws fastball, curveball, changeup. He reminds me of a young Kyle Hendricks. Kyle had really good command and instincts on the mound where you could just tell he kind of knows what he wants to do against hitters. He doesn’t really limit himself to one side of the plate. He doesn’t show any…

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