August 26, 1979
El Dorado Hills, CA
Savannah College of Art and
High School: Oak Ridge HS (CA)
Twelve Questions with Charlie Zink
Signed with St. Louis
Zink was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 on the
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.