Watson Chapel right-handed pitcher Markevian “Tink” Hence agreed to terms with St. Louis and signed a contract with the Cardinals on Thursday.
Hence made the announcement on social media.
“After much consideration of what is best for my baseball career, I have decided to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals and make one of my dreams come true,” Hence wrote on Twitter. “I definitely would like to thank Coach (Dave) Van Horn and the Razorbacks coaching staff for believing in me and recruiting me to play at the collegiate level.
“As I start my new chapter with the Cardinals, I will never forget the best fans of college baseball in the world in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and I will always be a Razorback.”
According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis Hence will receive a signing bonus of $1.115 million.
Hence is the second Arkansas Razorback baseball signee to forgo college in order to play professional baseball. Two-way standout Masyn Winn from Texas signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday.