At the start of 2019, Rece Hinds was still a senior in high school and playing baseball at IMG Academy. After a big senior campaign the Cincinnati Reds used the 49th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft to select Hinds.

The Reds sent the second round pick to join the Greeneville Reds when the season began a few weeks after the draft. Rece Hinds would draw a walk in each of his first two games, but went 0-7. On June 22nd he grounded into a force out with the bases loaded, picking up an RBI on the play. But after next inning he was replaced in the field. That would be the last time he took the field during the season.

At first the injury wasn’t expected to be serious. Less than a week later he was participating in pre-game activities with the team, but every time he seemed ready to push things to “game speed”, he needed to take a step back. Eventually the Reds would shut him down for the year.

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Rece Hinds Scouting Report

Position: IF | B/T: R/R

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lb | Drafted: 2nd Round, 2019

Born: September 5, 2000

Hitting | The hit tool is considered to be below-average.

Power | This is where Hinds shines – showing plus raw power.

Running | He’s fringe-average runner today, but likely a below-average runner in the future as he fills out his frame a little more.

Defense | Exactly where he winds up on the field is still a bit of an unknown – but he’s got the makings of a solid third baseman, or possible second baseman.

Arm | He shows an above-average arm.

There’s not much of a professional track record to look at with Rece Hinds. He had a grand total of eight at-bats before his quad injury led to missing the rest of the season.

Much of what we’re relying on is reports from before the draft. There’s plenty to like there, too. Hinds is a big, physical, strong athlete. He’s got some of the best power in the organization already and it’s certainly his calling card at this point of his career. There are some questions about how well he can handle quality secondary stuff, and without getting much time to see them as a pro, it’s going to remain a question until you can see how he responds to them.

On the defensive side of things he’s athletic enough to handle third base – he’s got a quick reaction, and plenty of arm strength to stick at the spot. Some believe that he’ll ultimately wind up having to move to a corner outfield spot, but that’s down the road if third base doesn’t work out.

Overall the perfect scenario is that the power really plays and he hit’s enough to become an All-Star caliber hitter that can remain at third base. There’s some risk involved because of the pitch recognition and how it could hold back both his hit and power tools from playing to their potential.

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14 Responses

  1. jbonireland

    I don’t have a lot of good vibes for a 19 year old with an injury that leads to shutting him down for the year without ever getting on the field. But then it could just be that he needs to grow into his body. At his size and years from the majors if he can really hit, I would think about a move to first base as a replacement for Joey V. Don’t see anyone else in the system who is a first basemen by trade unless it is the 19 year old Cuban we signed this past year.

  2. dbfromnva

    Hit tool is considered below average is all you need to know.

    • Doug Gray

      You know who else has a below-average hit tool? About half of the players in Major League Baseball. Eugenio Suarez is a career .265 hitter. By definition, he’s a below-average hitter when it comes to hit tool for his career. He’s been a little better at times, and a bit worse at times than “average”. Don’t get caught up on one thing – it’s the whole package that matters.

      • Danny M

        The average batting average over the last 10 seasons is .253. By definition this would make Suarez an above average hitter.

      • Doug Gray

        That’s not how the scouting scale works, though – even if perhaps it should.

      • Doug Gray

        Danny, this actually gives me a good idea to bring back/update an article that I wrote what feels like yesterday, but was actually 7 years ago about what the actual scouting scale should be based on current performance.

  3. Steve

    Are eyesight/reaction time tests ever given to draft prospects Doug? Seems like that would be important information for players like this that haven’t been exposed to pro pitching yet.

    • Big Ed

      That is a good question. Great hitters come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but the one unifying characteristic is excellent eyesight. It’s hard to have great hand-eye coordination, if you don’t have great eyes. Great eyesight is what allows a Joey Votto to pick up the spin of a pitch almost instantly, and what 98% of us on this board never had.

    • Scott C

      Yeah I remember when my coach told me to watch the spin of the seams on the baseball. I said, “What seams? All I see is a white blur.” That’s when I decided that slow pitch softball was probably a better sport for me.

  4. Bred

    Doug, I found the article you referenced. It was very informative. I would post the link but thought you might not want that since you said you may update it.

    • Doug Gray

      Yeah, at this point, that data isn’t exactly up to date. I’ll reference it in the article when I update it this weekend.

  5. Big Ed

    Hines is interesting but really green. He has a nice batting practice swing, which tells us next to nothing.

    You never know.

  6. William

    I have no issue with taking a shot on age, size, athleticism and big time power. With the reds investing so much in development just give me tools and time. His swing reminds me a lot of Justin Upton. Obviously he’s not the prospect Justin was, but there’s some serious juice in that swing, and it doesn’t seem to be overly long to me.