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Scouting Padres' Prospect #10: Clay Hensley

The 2005 season got off to a miserable start for right-handed pitcher Clay Hensley. He was suspended under the minor league steroid policy and rumors swirled about his impending release. The Padres quickly squashed those rumors with then player development director Tye Waller telling MadFriars.com that Hensley would be an integral part of the 2005 season. Not even he realized how prophetic that statement would be.

An eighth-round draft pick by the Giants in 2002, Clay Hensley was acquired by the Padres in the Matt Herges deal as the 2003 trade deadline approached. At the time of the trade, Hensley had already racked up the first perfect game in Hagertown Suns history, and had an impressive 183 strikeouts in 179 innings. But, Hensley struggled when the Giants promoted him to the California League and...

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