1 over-hyped Reds prospect at each minor league level who'll disappoint in 2023

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rece Hinds
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rece Hinds / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Reds prospects: Rece Hinds could disappoint at Double-A Chattanooga

When it comes to disappointing Reds prospects, few rank higher on the list than Rece Hinds. The former second-round pick has been plagued by injuries, but more troubling has been Hinds inability to make contact with the baseball.

Now, when Hinds makes contact, the ball could easily leave the ballpark. Hinds slugged .428 last season and registered a wRC+ of 101 according to FanGraphs despite striking out nearly 40-percent of the time.

But Hinds only hit for .233 and his on-base percentage was only .304. If a prospect is going to possess that type of power profile and can't post an OBP above .350 in the minors, then major questions are going to exist about what happens when he makes the leap to The Show.

Hinds has been hampered by injuries, and has also gone through a position change as well. But with only one carrying tool (power), Hinds is not going to make it to the major leagues. Sure, he's got a decent arm as well, but Hinds is beginning to have the profile of Aristides Aquino; and we all know how that worked out.

If Rece Hinds can fix the holes in his swing, become a more patient hitter, and learn how to draw walks, then there's an outside chance that he could be a contributor at the major league level. But that's a long list of ifs. Hinds will need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter or the Cincinnati Reds risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft. Right now, that doesn't even seem to be on the table.