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Slugger in the Making

April 26, 2008 | By RotoRob | comment on this post

If you’re in one of those super deep leagues that likes to find the next big thing, you might want to cast your eyes to the New Mexico high school system, where Del Norte, Albuquerque senior Wade Hinkle is making state history with his power bat.

Hinkle, in just his third varsity season, has already broken the state record for career home runs, set by former Yankee pitcher Christian Parker (remember him?), who took four years to hit 24 jacks.

He’s also tied the single-season New Mexico record of 15 homers set in 1985 by Jim Rino of Bloomfield. The 2007 All-State player is beginning to get the Barry Bonds treatment, as opposing teams have been opting to give him a free pass rather than risk pitching to him.

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2 Responses to “Slugger in the Making”

  1. Jim Rino says:

    I’m not sure what Wade’s High School career home run total was but I can assure you that Christian Parker’s total of 24 was not the record. My 4 year varsity total was 31 while playing for Bloomfield High School from 1982 – 1985. I hit 2 as a freshman, 9 as a sophmore, 5 as a junior, and 15 as a senior. I also hit 2 homeruns in the three junior varsity games I played as a freshman. These were all out of the park home runs. My teamate Doug Mize also hit 24 home runs in his varsity career. 6 as a sophmore, 8 as a junior and 10 as a senior. We had one other slugger on the team from 1985 named Tommy Curtis who hit 8 that year. Our team total that year was 41. We lost three games that year by a total 5 runs but was really 5 feet.

  2. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Jim. I wish I could tell you exactly where I got that data, but that article is over four and a half years old. Still, it’s good to set the record straight, and I’m very appreciative to hear from you regarding this.

    So did you continue your baseball career after high school? I’m sure our readers would love to hear what came next for you.

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