Payton Henry has some all-star intangibles.
“He is always with that positive energy,” Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson said. “That competitiveness that he has with his body language, he’s always giving a good visual to the rest of our team.”
So now, the energetic and enthusiastic 20-year-old catcher is heading to Lansing, MI to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game this Tuesday.
“All those guys have worked extremely hard and all the guys in the Midwest League I’m sure have worked extremely hard,” Timber Rattlers catcher Payton Henry said. “It’s an honor to be selected as an all-star and I’m just excited for the opportunity.”
With Joantgel Segovia and Nick Roscetti promoted to the Carolina Mudcats, Henry is currently hitting a team-best .286, with 5 HR and 23 RBI through 46 games. However, he knows there’s always more work to do at the plate.
“We’re in here every single day working and out there every single day working,” Henry said. “That’s just something that baseball is a game of failure and we’re always trying to succeed.”
Even with Henry hitting his stride offensively, he’s been equally as impressive defensively. While there’s an art to stealing a base for a runner, Henry has been a neutralizing force in that area. He currently leads the league in throwing out the most base stealers.
“Get rid of the ball,” Henry said. “That’s all I’m trying to think is get rid of the ball.”
And that’s precisely what Henry has done. He’s thrown out 40 percent of runners attempting to steal bases against him this season.
“It’s a cool experience,” Henry said. “It’s kind of like a wide open eyes, oh here we go so it’s fun everytime. Gratefully I’ve done a decent job this year of being able to shut that down.”
So with each out, each snag and each hit, Payton Henry’s all-around game is quite the catch for the Timber Rattlers.
“His demeanor is pretty mild-mannered and very congenial, very polite,” Erickson said. “He’s the kind of kid you cheer for, no doubt about it.”