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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Tink Hence logs scoreless inning of relief in AFL

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Cardinals minor-league spring training day two in Jupiter

Bats, gloves and helmets take space in a dugout on Tuesday, March, 8, 2022, during the second day of minor-league training at their facility in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Christian Gooden,

Like it had been during this past regular season and for one postseason game while with Class Low-A Palm Beach, 20-year-old right-hander Tink Hence’s workload has come in small samples during the Arizona Fall League.

And like he did in the regular season, the Cardinals prospect and former 2020 MLB draft pick has continued to be effective with his careful workload. The latest small sample of success came on Wednesday when Hence threw a scoreless inning of relief and struck out one batter for Salt River.

The scoreless inning of work lowered Hence’s ERA to 1.23 over 7 1/3 total innings since he made his AFL debut. In eight appearances — all of which have come from the bullpen — Hence has struck out eight and walked four. He has allowed three hits and one run, which was on a solo home run against power-hitting Dodgers prospect Andy Pages in an Oct. 11 game against Glendale.

Hence and catcher Pedro Pages were the only two Cardinals prospects to play for Salt River in its 7-1 road loss to Peoria.

Pages started at catcher and went zero-for-three with a walk. The 24-year-old catcher was zero-for-five on throwing out base stealers. The last of the five came with Hence and Pages as a battery.

Offensively since the start of the fall league, Pages is batting .189 with a .576 OPS in 37 at-bats that have spanned across 11 games with Salt River. Four of Pages’ seven hits in the AFL have gone for extra bases with three of them being doubles and the other being his only home run during the prospect league.

Daniel Guerrero

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