High School Sports

Former Arlington Heights pitcher, all-area player of the year, drafted by the Astros

The Houston Astros drafted former Fort Worth Arlington Heights pitcher Blair Henley (University of Texas-Austin) in the 7th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Henley, a junior at UT, owned a 6-4 record and 3.54 ERA in 13 starts for the Longhorns this season. He threw 73 2/3 innings and allowed 29 earned runs on 74 hits with 62 strikeouts. Opponents were batting .257 against the 6-foot-3 right-hander.

Henley, who graduated from Arlington Heights in 2016, was named All-Big 12 second team as a sophomore after finishing the year with a 3.32 ERA in 18 appearances over 86 2/3 innings.

He made 17 appearances with 10 starts as a freshman, where he finished with a 4.23 ERA in 61 2/3 innings.

Henley was named Star-Telegram Player of the Year as a senior with the Yellow Jackets after posting a 9-0 record during the regular season. He had 97 strikeouts in 56 innings and at one point, threw three consecutive no-hitters.

Voted district MVP that season, he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round, but signed with Texas.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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