RENO, Nev. – When left-handed starter Tommy Henry entered the 2022 season, the Portage, Michigan native joined the Reno Aces rotation as the Diamondbacks’ No. 13 Top Prospect by MLB Pipeline. From the start, he possessed poise on the mound for someone who had only made 24 career starts as
RENO, Nev. – When left-handed starter Tommy Henry entered the 2022 season, the Portage, Michigan native joined the Reno Aces rotation as the Diamondbacks’ No. 13 Top Prospect by MLB Pipeline. From the start, he possessed poise on the mound for someone who had only made 24 career starts as a professional.
Henry’s excellence on the mound was on display early on as he was the only member of the Aces rotation that produced two 10-plus inning scoreless streaks (12.1 from April 13-29 and 20.0 from May 18-June 5). During his second scoreless streak, Henry tossed his most dominant performance in an Aces uniform on May 31 vs. Tacoma, when he held the Rainiers to one hit, one walk, and 11 strikeouts in six scoreless innings.
Through the first three months of the season, his supremacy in the Pacific Coast League was highlighted when the Diamondbacks named him Organizational Pitcher of the Month in June after he notched a 2-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and 26 strikeouts in five starts for the Aces.
The Michigan product also owned the opposition in day games for the Aces by posting a 2-0 record and 1.05 ERA (4 ER/34.1 IP) in six starts. During those daytime starts, he held PCL batters to a minuscule .154 batting average by scattering 18 hits with 12 walks while striking out 29 hitters.
Henry made 21 starts for the Aces, which ranked second in the club. He also produced seven quality starts, including six games where he held the opposition scoreless. During his time with Reno, he compiled a 4-4 record in addition to ranking second on the club in ERA (3.74) and innings pitched (113.0) while sitting third on the staff with 103 strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks selected Henry’s contract on August 3, and he made his MLB debut on that same day against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. When he was promoted, he ranked among the PCL league leaders in a handful of categories; first in starts (20) and innings pitched (108.0), second in ERA (3.83), fifth in strikeouts (100), and opponent batting average (.248).
In front of a large crowd of family and friends who drove the four hours from Michigan to watch his first MLB start, he battled for five innings and ultimately was handed the loss after he surrendered four earned runs on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
Six days later, he delivered his best start with Arizona and earned his first big-league win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He limited the Bucs to one earned run on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
Over the season’s final two months, he notched a 3-4 record with a 5.36 ERA and 36 strikeouts in nine starts with the Diamondbacks.
The 25-year-old made a combined 30 starts between the Aces and Diamondbacks in 2022. He will use the consistency showcased on the mound at Greater Nevada Field to build on his development as he vies for a permanent spot in Arizona’s rotation for the 2023 campaign.
The Reno Aces are slated to open the 2023 season at Greater Nevada Field on Friday, March 31st, against the Las Vegas Aviators, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Season Memberships are available via RenoAces.com, texting “MEMBER” to 21003, or calling 775-334-7000.