Centenary's Henry Taken in 21st Round of MLB Draft by New York Mets

Centenary's Henry Taken in 21st Round of MLB Draft by New York Mets

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Senior pither Taylor Henry of Centenary College was take in the 21st Round (Pick 629) of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are very happy and couldn’t be more proud of Taylor,” said Centenary head coach Mike Diaz. “Not only was he one of the best pitchers on our staff, he was one of the hardest workers on the baseball team these past four years.”
“I am thrilled for Taylor that he will be able to continue his dream of playing professional baseball,” added Diaz.

Henry becomes the 14th player in SCAC history to be taken in the MLB Draft and his selection marks the second consecutive year the league has had a player selected as Kyle Simmons of Texas Lutheran University was drafted by the Washington Nationals a season ago. With Henry's selection, the SCAC has now had a player selected in the MLB Draft four of the last five seasons and five of the last seven years. Henry is the first player from Centenary to be taken in the Draft in their Division III era. Henry is the fifth-highest selection in SCAC history.

A D3Baseball.com All-American in 2015, Henry had quite the year. In 24 appearances on the mound, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year led the SCAC in both saves (nine, 15th in the nation) and strikeouts (85, 21st in the nation). He finished second in the conference and 28th in the nation in ERA (1.59) while finishing seventh in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (12.3).
Other honors for Henry this season include selection for the D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-West Regional Team as well as being named the D3baseball.com West Regional Pitcher of the Year. These awards capped off a notable career for Henry, who made 79 appearances and finished with an 18-13 record with 17 saves, two complete games and 202 strikeouts in 217.2 innings pitched in four seasons. He is the Centenary career leader in saves and stands fourth in both wins and strikeouts while ranking eighth in innings pitched.
Henry helped lead Centenary to its second SCAC regular-season title in three seasons and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. The Gents finished the 2015 campaign 24-17 overall and 15-3 in SCAC play.

The Mets are currently 31-29 and sit in second place in the NL East. Their affiliations include the Las Vegas 51s (AAA), the Binghamton Mets (AA), the St. Lucie Mets (FSL), the Savannah Sand Gnats (SAL), the Brooklyn Cyclones (NYP), and the Kingsport Mets (APP). It is the first time the Mets have taken someone from the SCAC.

SCAC Major League Baseball Draft Picks (Since 1987) 
Player School Round Team Year
Peter Austin Millsaps 40th (#1202 overall) Pittsburgh 1997
Matt Blanton Hendrix 23rd (#695 overall) St. Louis 2003
Jason Armstrong Trinity (Texas) 25th (#747 overall) Toronto 2004
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 10th (#297 overall) Colorado 2005
Garner Wetzel Millsaps 18th (#543 overall) San Diego 2006
Nick Vera Trinity (Texas) 32nd (#981 overall) St. Louis 2007
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 36th (#1,088 overall) Milwaukee 2008
Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) 29th (#862 overall) Washington 2009
Daniel Sarisky Oglethorpe 40th (#1,211 overall) Houston 2009
Drew Leachman Birmingham-Southern 37th (#1,138 overall) Minnesota 2011
Bruce Maxwell Birmingham-Southern 2nd (#62 overall) Oakland 2012
Ben Klimesh Trinity (Texas) 15th (#472 overall) Cincinnati 2012
Kyle Simmons Texas Lutheran 24th (#724 overall) Washington 2014
Taylor Henry Centenary 21st (#629 overall) New York (NL) 2015