ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Wade Hinkle is patient, knowing his time in big league baseball will come.
The Del Norte High graduate and former Kansas State star spent last season in double A with the Arkansas Travelers. Hinkle batted .248, playing in 106 games with 347 at bats.
The first baseman, like all players, has had his sights set on making the big club since being drafted in the 27th round in 2012. He has some very good players ahead of him so patience is a must.
“It’s pretty tough,” said Hinkle. “That’s the ultimate goal but, I am sitting behind some pretty big names in Pujols and Cron, guys like that everybody knows. It’s just a journey, man. I am just trying to keep on my path and go with that.”
There is a silver lining to this season if Hinkle doesn’t make the big club. The first baseman could find himself in Triple A, playing for Salt Lake.
Salt Lake plays in Albuquerque against the Isotopes. That would be going home for Hinkle, in front of friends and family.
“It would be pretty sweet honestly,” said Hinkle. “People be asking me where I am going. There’s a chance of triple A. That would be up and Salt Lake. We would come back here and play the Topes. That would be pretty exciting.”