Reds prospects: It's time to give up on former 2nd-round pick Rece Hinds.
Rece Hinds had so much potential after being drafted in Round 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft. Taken one round ahead of the aforementioned Tyler Callihan, Hinds' bat packed some serious punch. Many scouts thought he had the most power in that year's draft.
Heck, he still may. If there's one thing Hinds isn't short on, it's pop in his bat. When the 22-year-old makes contact, the ball goes a long, long, long way. The problem is that the contact is so infrequent, Hinds may never make enough to make it to the big leagues.
The Reds sent Hinds to the Arizona Fall League this past year in an effort to get some more reps under his belt. In 22 games this fall, Hinds hit .226/.278/.417. With nine of his 19 hits going for extra bases, you can see that power is there. But Hinds struck out more than 40-percent of the time with 71 punch outs in 171 plate appearances.
Oh, how the Cincinnati Reds would love for Rece Hinds to be that middle-of-the-order power-bat they envisioned back when they drafted him. But alas, it seems as though he's following the path that Jose Barrero travelled; lots of power-potential, but there's a hole in his swing.
Just like Callihan, Hinds will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft during the offseason if the Reds do not add him to the 40-man roster. Unless the outfielder goes on a tear over the second-half of the season, it's hard to see that happening.