The Fastest Player in the Class? Kyle Henley, An Outlier Athlete – Loden Sports
The Fastest Player in the Class? Kyle Henley, An Outlier Athlete

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A look at the outlier athleticism of 2023 MLB Draft Prospect, Kyle Henley, an outfielder from Denmark High School in Cumming, Georgia.

Who is Kyle Henley?

This month, we’re spotlighting the outlier-athleticism of 2023 MLB Draft prospect, Kyle Henley. Kyle is an outfielder from Cumming, Georgia who attends Denmark High School. A Georgia Tech commit, Kyle stood out this summer at a number of showcase events including East Coast Pro and the Future Stars Series Main Event.

Kyle Henley, Outfielder, Denmark HS (Cumming, Georgia)

Anyone who has laid eyes on him knows that Kyle Henley is one of the best athletes in the 2023 class and projects for more. But just how good is it? Kyle Henley provided Loden Sports with the raw data from his athletic testing conducted this summer at the East Coast Pro Showcase so that we could answer that question using the Loden Score System.

The Loden Score System

Loden Sports has evaluated thousands of elite, physically mature athletes and can convey objectively on a simple 0-12 scale (the Loden Score System) whether an athlete is below average, average, above average, or an outlier. The Loden Score System is comprised of a Power, Quickness, Speed, and an overall Loden Score. An average score in any category for an elite, physically mature athlete is a 6.

Referenced from: lodensports.com/athlete-development/objective-performance-benchmarks/

The Power, Speed, and Loden Score metrics have all been found to be heavily correlated to throwing velocityexit velocity, and bat speed – and in addition to talent identification, can be used for the purposes of monitoring expected performance and fine-tuning routines.

The Athletic Profile of Kyle Henley

Kyle Henley is an outlier. At 6-2, 177 lbs., Henley achieved a Loden Score of 9 – a feat achieved by less than 1% of the thousands of elite athletes Loden Sports has tested.

The labeled red dots indicate Kyle's scores. The line curves represent age averages.

Even more fascinating than his 1%’er athleticism, is the remaining projection on his frame. If you can even believe it, his Loden 9 is just scratching the surface. Imagine Kyle Henley with 25 more lbs. on his frame?

At 17-years-old, Kyle Henley is already registering a Loden Power Score of 6. For context, 6 Power is average for elite athletes as much as 4 years older than him; and with body weight being a key factor in power output, that 6 can be expected to rise (maybe substantially) as Kyle continues to physically mature and fill out. The average Loden Power Score for elite athletes his age that weigh between 170-180 lbs. is a 4. His continued development will be exciting to follow.

So, we’ve talked about the power projection, but how about the elephant in the room… Is Kyle Henley the fastest player in the 2023 high school class?

Kyle Henley is one of only 8 athletes to ever register a Loden Speed Score of 11. Read it twice if you have to. Kyle’s wheels puts him in the top .1% of Loden Speed Scores.

The Loden Score System has a track record for being a compass for big tools and Kyle Henley is the latest outlier.

What's Next for Kyle Henley?

Kyle finished off his 2022 summer on a high-note with a pair of knocks at the Future Stars Series Main Event at Fenway Park and has kept the bat hot ever since. The upside is undeniable. Kyle is currently prepping for his senior spring at Denmark High School and has a huge opportunity to build on the impression he has left on the pro scouting community. After leading his high school team in hits and stolen bases in 2022, it’s not so far-fetched to think that Kyle Henley could work his way into the top-5 rounds of next summer’s draft. Should he impress with the bat in the spring, you could see his name shoot up MLB Draft boards.

The upside is undeniable. Kyle is currently prepping for his senior spring at Denmark High School and has a huge opportunity to build on the impression he has left on the pro scouting community. After leading his high school team in hits and stolen bases in 2022, it’s not so far-fetched to think that Kyle Henley could work his way into the top-5 rounds of next summer’s draft. Should he impress with the bat in the spring, you could see his name shoot up MLB Draft boards.

All data included in this blog are either public or were given permission to be shared by Kyle Henley.

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