The Cincinnati Reds have selected shortstop Rece Hinds out of IMG Academy with the 49th overall pick and their 2nd round selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.
- School: IMG Academy
- Position: Shortstop
- Height: 6′ 4″
- Weight: 210 lbs.
- Bats/Throws: Right/Right
He’s got arguably the best raw power in the entire draft, and without a doubt the most raw power in the high school class. In the home run derby for high schoolers he hit a 485-foot home run, showing off just how incredible his power can be. On the other side of the ball he also shows off the power with a plus-plus arm that will play anywhere on the field and play very well.
There’s plenty of rawness in his game, though. At the plate he’s struggled with decent offspeed stuff and at controlling the strikezone as a high schooler. There are many scouts concerned about just how much he will hit for average. On the defensive side of the ball, while he played shortstop in high school, he’s not expected to remain there. The arm will play at third base, but the question is can the glove? He needs to improve his hands to make that transition and remain on the infield. If that won’t work he could move to either spot in the corner outfield – though his arm would shine in right field.
This is a big upside pick for the Reds here. In a draft that is considered rather weak, taking a guy with enormous power is a great pick in my mind. There’s all kinds of risk involved because of the questions about how much he will hit/make contact, but swinging for the fences with a guy who can hit the ball over all of the fences just makes tons of sense here.