Forgotten Reds prospect catches fire, wins Player of the Week Award

Prospects throughout the Cincinnati Reds farm system have been racking up awards left and right this season. This past week, another forgotten Reds prospect showcased why the club is so high on his raw abilities.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rece Hinds
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Rece Hinds / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds have shown themselves to have one of the most talented and deepest farm systems in all of Major League Baseball this season.

It seems as though every week the organization is promoting top talent to the upper levels of the minors or to the big leauges. Players like shortstops Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain and left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott just to name a few.

Top prospects Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Connor Phillips, and Chase Petty have all been cited for their continued dominance through the minors this season. Infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo have continued to impress as well with both looking to make the leap to the next level of competition.

Rece Hinds has been on a complete tear in Double-A the last few weeks

There isn't a hitter in the Cincinnati Reds organization, however, that is performing better than outfielder Rece Hinds. Over the last six games, Hinds is slashing .381/.500/1.238. That 1.238 represents his slugging percentage, not his OPS, which is a staggering 1.738.

In that six-game span, Hinds has smashed six home runs. One of these home runs was a walk-off bomb, while multiple others have traveled far over 430 feet. For good reason, Hinds was named this week's Southern League Player of the Week.

Hinds has always been praised for his incredible raw power, which has been on full display over the last week and a half. What appears to be a recent change in his hitting approach and perhaps even a more upright batting stance can be credited for Hinds' massive turnaround.

Rece Hinds continued development is crucial for the Cincinnati Reds. MLB Pipeline has Hinds ranked as the Reds 16th-best prospect, and the outfielder is still just 22 years old. With raw talent like his, the sky is the limit for Hinds' career with the Reds.

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