There was a time as a youth when Baton Rouge native Steven Sensley envisioned playing football and baseball at the professional level.

Then at 9 years old, that changed with one mighty swing of the bat when Sensley homered for the first time.

“After that, I fell in love with baseball,” Sensley said.

Sensley, a graduate of University High and two-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette, took a step closer toward a career in the Major Leagues, signing a contract Saturday with the New York Yankees.

The Yankees selected Sensley, a right fielder, in the 12th round and 362nd overall.

“A big grin went across my face when they picked me,” Sensley said.

It was the third time Sensley — a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder — has been drafted. He was chosen in the 33rd round out of high school by Minnesota and in the 38th round by Tampa Bay after an All-American career at LSU-Eunice.

The left-handed hitting Sensley was UL-Lafayette’s top offensive threat, leading the Ragin’ Cajuns in six categories ranging from average (.314) to homers (11) and RBIs (46).

“I have put in the work, get better and hopefully one day get a call up,” Sensley said.