Austin Hinkle was a member of the Stone Crabs bullpen for the 2009 season. He made 36 appearances for the Stone Crabs and was 2-6 with a 3.53 ERA, 7 saves and 65 strikeouts.
Hinkle was drafted by the Rays in the 41st round of the 2007 draft. He spent his first season with the Princeton Rays, promoted to Columbus in 2008 and was then promoted to the Stone Crabs for the 2009 season. Following the 2009 season, Hinkle was released by the Rays. He was then signed by the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League where he pitched in 2010.