Charlie Zink Pitcher #39

     
 

August 26, 1979
El Dorado Hills, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight:
190
Bats: Right
Throws:
Right
Drafted: Not Drafted
How Acquired: Undrafted free agent (2002)
College: Savannah College of Art and Design
High School: Oak Ridge HS (CA)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

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Signed with St. Louis (January 2010)

Scouting Report
: Zink was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 on the recommendation of Luis Tiant, his former coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design.   Zink's main pitch is his knuckleball, which he throws about 60% of the time (for reference, Wakefield throws his knuckler about 80% of the time).  Zink's knuckleball is very good, and has improved every year in the system, but its still not in the same category as Wakefield's.  On the other hand, Zink has a low-to-mid-80s fastball that he mixes in deceptively, using the same delivery as his knuckleball.  Also throws a cutter that he uses when he feels hitters are sitting fastball.  Developing a changeup in 2008. Can struggle with control.  Zink is fearless throwing his knuckleball in the zone - sometimes he'll get quick outs and other times it can get hit hard.  However, all in all he understands what he needs to do to get hitters out.  He has worked with Wakefield in spring training each year since 2003.   Zink has pitched with inconsistent success at AA or above every year since 2004, when he was ranked as the #50 prospect in the minors by Baseball Prospectus.   Decent pickoff move.  Very good athlete. 

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs cg sh sv ip h r er hr bb so k/bb
  2002 Augusta SAL A Bos 22 1 2 0.333 1.68 26 0 0 0 0 48.1 42 17 9 1 16 48 3.00
  2002 Sarasota FSL A Bos 22 0 0 --- 0.00 4 0 0 0 0 9.0 2 1 0 0 3 11 3.67
  2003 Portland East AA Bos 23 3 2 0.600 3.43 6 6 0 0 0 39.1 21 16 15 1 14 18 1.29
  2003 Sarasota FSL A Bos 23 7 9 0.438 3.90 24 19 2 0 0 136.0 123 69 59 10 64 94 1.47
  2003 Mesa AFL Fall Bos 23 1 2 0.333 4.91 7 6 0 0 0 25.2 26 17 14 5 13 16 1.23
  2004 Sarasota FSL A Bos 24 0 2 0.000 5.65 3 3 0 0 0 14.1 22 13 9 0 9 3 0.33
  2004 Portland East AA Bos 24 1 8 0.111 5.79 18 18 0 0 0 93.1 101 70 60 3 72 50 0.69
  2005 Portland East AA Bos 25 8 5 0.615 4.87 29 15 1 1 0 105.1 102 65 57 12 53 70 1.32
  2005 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 2 1 0.667 10.45 4 1 0 0 0 10.1 17 12 12 1 8 5 0.63
  2005 Peoria AFL Fall Bos 25 0 0 --- 9.45 6 1 0 0 0 13.1 17 14 14 3 6 6 1.00
  2006 Portland East AA Bos 26 1 0 1.000 1.23 2 1 0 0 0 7.1 6 3 1 1 5 7 1.40
  2006 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 9 4 0.692 4.03 23 15 0 0 0 109.1 100 54 49 7 60 58 0.97
  2007 Portland East AA Bos 27 9 3 0.750 3.98 16 16 1 0 0 92.2 92 50 41 6 44 55 1.25
  2007 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 27 2 3 0.400 5.89 8 8 0 0 0 47.1 51 37 31 8 27 23 0.85
2008 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 28 14 6 0.700 2.84 28 28 2 1 0 174.1 144 73 55 13 49 106 2.16
2008 Boston AL MLB Bos 28 0 0 --- 16.62 1 1 0 0 0 4.1 11 8 8 0 1 1 1.00
2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 29 6 15 0.286 5.59 27 23 1 0 0 135.1 133 88 84 10 93 47 0.51
2010 Rochester IL AAA Min 30 0 2 0.000 12.75 3 3 0 0 0 12.0 15 18 17 2 19 3 0.16
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
April 1, 2002 by Luis Tiant
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: April 2002 (Augusta)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
August 12, 2008
     
  Awards
2003 Sarasota Pitcher of the Year
Eastern
League Pitcher of the Week (June 18-24, 2007)
2007 Eastern League All-Star
International League Pitcher of the Week (April 14-20, 2008)
2008 International League All-Star
2008 International League Most Valuable Pitcher
2008 International League Post-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 22-28, 2007)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 30 - July 6, 2008)
2008 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SP
 

 


   

 
 

   
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