Elizabethtown High School junior catcher was on a visit to the University of Kentucky when he was taken on a tour of the campus.
Pinkham was taken to meet UK basketball coach John Calipari and the next stop was to the football office to meet Mark Stoops.
”I committed to UK,” Pinkham said. “But it was for all the wrong reasons. I walked out of there and was like, ‘This isn’t the right place for me’.”
So Pinkham, ranked as the No. 238 player in the country in the Class of 2015, immediately made a call to U of L coach Dan McDonnell.
”He told me about the machine they are building at Louisville,” Pinkham said. “They’ve become a powerhouse and number don’t lie.
”Louisville is right here (close to E’town) and that’s where I wanted to be.”
Pinkham said he works out with former U of L catcher Derrick Alfonso and estimated he attended 10 games at Jim Patterson Stadium last season with the Cardinals going 9-1 in the games he watched.
”They have such a great coaching staff and great facilities,” Pinkham said. “Coach McDonnell is such a great teacher and motivator. I sat in before one game and listened to him and I was ready to go out there and play.
”Coach (Roger) Williams is the best assistant coach in the country and coach (Chris) Lemonis is such a great guy and great hitting coach.”
Pinkham said he has been working with Alfonso for a while and has been “hearing about Louisville baseball since the sixth grade. He’s like a brother to me and I just knew it was the place for me.”
Pinkham also had offers from Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Virginia and Virginia Tech and was hearing from Florida State and Miami.
As a sophomore, Pinkham batted .509 with 56 RBIs, 17 doubles, two triples and six home runs. He also scored 28 runs. Pinkham batted .391 with nine doubles, 27 runs scored and 18 RBIs as a freshman.