5 Reds prospects who should participate in the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League has been a proving ground for several Reds prospects over the past few years.

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3. Reds prospect Austin Hendrick should participate in the Arizona Fall League.

If there's a player who could use a tune up, it's Austin Hendrick. The raw tools and talent are there, but the former first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds has yet to put it all together. There might not be another prospect in the entire Reds farm system with more power than Hendrick.

The problem, the outfield prospect has a ton of swing-and-miss in his swing. At every stop throughout his professional career, Hendrick has maintained a strikeout-rate well above 32-percent. And yet, he's been unable to even balance that out with a respectable walk-rate.

No one is going to doubt the 22-year-old's power. This is the second consecutive season in which Hendrick has hit double-digit home runs. But the 12th-overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft is still at High-A.

In Austin Hendrick's defense, he missed out on an entire year of development due to the cancellation of his high school season in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In his four years since being drafted, Hendrick has played in fewer than 300 games.

The Cincinnati Reds saw Rece Hinds develop into the player they were hoping to see after selecting him in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Hinds was sent to the Arizona Fall League last year, so perhaps Hendrick could make similar steps toward achieving his major league dream.