2. Reds prospect Rece Hinds will make his major league debut in 2024.
It's been a long and winding road for Rece Hinds, but the slugger is zeroing in on a call-up to the big leagues. While the Cincinnati Reds second-round pick in 2019 will have to prove it at the highest level in the minor leagues, Hinds showed what he's capable of with a bounce-back season in 2023.
Hinds began his Reds career as a third basemna, but the team decided they'd be better off if the hard-hitting prospect made the move to the outfield. That's been Hinds' home since 2021 and he's fared quite well since making the switch.
Quite frankly, it wasn't the defense that was Hinds' biggest problem. It was the strikeouts. Last season, Hinds went down swinging over 40-percent of the time while splitting time between Low-A Daytona and High-A Dayton.
But that number has come down quite a bit since Rece Hinds made the jump to Double-A this season. In over 90 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts this season, Hinds has lowered his strikeout-rate to a more respectable 33.3-percent. While that's still high, his .565 slugging percentage helps to make up for it.
Once again, the Reds need a right-handed hitting power-bat who can play the outfield. A platoon of Hinds, Blake Dunn, TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Will Benson could be on the way in 2024. Get ready, Reds fans.