Former DJack Pinkney shines for Team Canada

By Bob Behre | September 13, 2022

Hugh Pinkney, if you haven’t noticed, is rather good at the game of baseball.

Pinkney played in the summer of ‘21 for the Diamond Jacks Super 17 squad and is a freshman at Rutgers University, at least remotely. You won’t find Hugh in Piscataway or New Brunswick or even the Bridgewater Mall just yet because he is busy swinging a bat for Team Canada in the Under-18 Baseball World Cup.

Pinkney swung it pretty darn well Monday night in Sarasota, Florida against Team USA. The 6-2, 190 lefty-hitting catcher came up in the top of the third with the bases loaded and drove the ball the opposite way for a two-run single and a 3-1 Team Canada lead. Team USA would rally for a 7-6 victory to drop Canada to 0-3 in the tournament.

Pinkney finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game.

The Silverthorn High School (Toronto) grad was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the Padres in July, the same month he turned 18 years old.

The WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup began on Sept. 9 and concludes on Sept. 22. Pinkney was the subject of a feature in July of ‘21, shortly after he committed to Rutgers.

Hugh Pinkney, far right, with his Diamond Jacks Super 17U teammates in Summer of ’21. From left are Lorenzo Meola (Stetson), Andres Suarez (Ohio State), Jayden Hylton (Stetson), Chris Maldonado (Vanderbilt) and Connor Dreyer (Boston College). Hylton now lives in Florida.
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