San Francisco Giants draft Janesville's Jameson Henning

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Eric Schmoldt
Monday, June 9, 2014

JANESVILLE--It’s been a wild month for Janesville native Jameson Henning.

After the 2011 Craig High graduate wrapped up his redshirt sophomore baseball season at Western Illinois, he headed to La Crosse to play in the Northwoods League. In the first game of the season, he was hit by a pitch that broke his jaw and promptly ended his tenure in that league.

On Saturday, however, Henning had reason to celebrate. He was selected in the 12th round of the Major League draft by the San Francisco Giants.

“He knew he had a good chance of getting drafted, so we were tuned into it (online) right up to the point that he was selected,” said Jim Henning, Jameson’s father. “We heard it online, and it was probably two minutes later that he got a call from the scout with the Giants that he’s been working with.”

Jameson Henning could not comment because a recent oral surgery left him with his jaw wired shut.

He and his family—including Jim and wife, Julia, and two older sisters and their families, all of Janesville—knew he would be selected early in the 40-round draft. And they knew he would go quickly Saturday—the third day of the draft that includes the final 30 rounds.

“He’s been playing the game for a long time, and he’s a college baseball player, so I think all of their goals are to get an opportunity to play pro ball,” Jim Henning said. “So he was excited and somewhat relieved, because they tell you they’re going to draft you, but you never know.”

Henning, a shortstop, is the highest-drafted position player out of Western Illinois in program history.

This season, he hit .310 and was a second-team all-Summit League selection.

Henning was told he might be drafted even earlier, but the recent surgery and fact that he’s out for a few weeks may have affected his draft status.

“He played for the La Crosse Loggers, and in his third at-bat in the first game, he gets hit in the face with a pitch and breaks his jaw,” Jim Henning said. “It was bad timing.”

Barring any surprises, Jim said Jameson expects to sign with the Giants soon, and he would then report to the team facility in Phoenix.

He could return to the diamond late next month.

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