Tink Hence has the stuff of an ace
Standing at 6’1, 175 pounds, 20-year old Tink Hence has Keith Law wondering if the Cardinals 2020 draft could be an all-timer as well.
In his first full minor league season, hence made 16 starts and had an ERA of 1.38 with 81 SO in just 52.1 innings pitched. The Cardinals have been extremally careful with Hence to this point, opting to slowly bring him along in his development and keep his workload small to start. Regardless, Hence is turning heads every time he touches the mound.
Against some of the best competition in the minor leagues at the Arizona Fall League, Hence has thrown 4 innings allowing 1 run on a home run and striking out three batters while allowing no other hits. Hence has a mid-90s fastball, devasting change up, and developing curveball that should allow him to have a lot of success at the big league level.
Hence has the ceiling of a front-line starter if he continues on his development path and builds up the necessary stamina. If not, his stuff will surely play as a mid-rotation starter or dominate reliever. So far, the Cardinals first three picks have netted them a potential MVP, star shortstop, and pitcher with elite stuff, and still there is one more name that has already found his way to St. Louis.