Watson Chapel High School's, Markevian 'Tink' Hence, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 63rd overall pick.
On Tuesday June 11, Watson Chapel High School’s, Markevian ‘Tink’ Hence, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 63rd overall pick.
Known as the “flame thrower”, this right handed pitcher who was committed to play college baseball with the Arkansas Razorbacks, will now skip straight to the pros, a dream he said was also his dad’s.
“My dad (Marvin) played baseball. He was a pitcher,” said Tink, the Watson Chapel honor graduate. “I give most of the credit to my dad. He’s been really my pitching coach growing up.”
Tink started playing baseball at the age of three, emulating his brothers, who he said inspired him to play the sport.
“I grew up around baseball,” said Tink. “All my brothers played. It was my dad’s favorite sport so I did whatever they did.”
Ranking 10th in the top 10 high school right-handed pitchers of the MLB 2020 draft by PerfectGame, Tink said he didn’t transition to pitcher until the age of 14.
Playing shortstop and second base, Tink said once he began pitching he noticed the velocity change as he got stronger and older.
In a recent interview with Fansided, Chase Brewster, director of Player Exposure, he said Tink would make a real impact as a starter in the majors.
“Tink has the athletic ability, mindset, and arsenal to become an effective major league pitcher,” said Brewster in the Fansided interview. “The only real weakness for Tink at the minute is his age and proving his health, but based on his history and drive for greatness there is nothing stopping him from becoming a real star for the Cardinals.”
Tink, who was ranked 84th on the MLB draft prospects, said giving up was never an option and he pushed himself even harder after his aunt passed away his 10th grade year.
“I’ve always had the mindset that I wanted to do something good for the city of Pine Bluff because not too many good things happen in Pine Bluff,” said Tink. “The thought of my aunt motivated me. She was my biggest fan.”
Tink said he is still in awe from the draft but felt he earned his spot in the major leagues due to his hard work and commitment.
Even when the coronavirus cut his senior year of baseball short, Tink said he still put in the necessary work to keep him relevant in the eyes of major league baseball scouts.
“I was working out with my brothers, still getting on the mound and posting videos on social media for scouts to look at,” said Tink.
Unsure of when the MLB baseball season will begin due to COVID-19, Tink said some of his future teammates have been in touch and he is going to stay ready and do his part.
Realizing it can be easy for some to give up or get down on themselves, Tink encourages others not give up on their dreams. Tink hopes the light he shined in his community will influence others to shine theirs.
“Don’t get carried off by doing the wrong things,” said Tink. “Keep working hard and stay focused by thinking of things that motivate you.”