The Cincinnati Reds have made it official this afternoon, signing their 2nd and 3rd round picks Rece Hinds and Tyler Callihan. We had known that Callihan agreed to his deal a few days ago, but hadn’t heard anything on Hinds. Not that he wasn’t expected to sign, but there was no information out there that he had explicitly agreed to terms yet, either. That’s all changed today.
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The Reds signed Rece Hinds for $1,797,500 according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. That’s $289,900 over the slot value of his pick. Callihan reportedly agreed to sign for $1,500,00. It, too, would be well over slot value for the pick. The Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker has been updated to include both signings and the new money situation. The Reds only have one pick in the top 10 that’s unsigned – Eric Yang, their 7th round selection.
Here’s the scouting report from Draft Day on Rece Hinds:
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.
And here’s the scouting report from Draft Day on Tyler Callihan:
Coming into the draft he was rated as a Top 50 prospect at multiple places. Baseball America rated him 37th and Fangraphs had him rated as the 25th prospect in the class. His bat is his selling point. He’s got plenty of bat speed and that helps both his hit-tool and his power potential. There’s potential for both of those tools to be above-average in the future.
The Reds announced him as a shortstop, though you’re going to have to search for a long time to find somewhere that believes he can play shortstop as a professional. Many think third base is a possibility where his arm works, but there’s plenty of questions about his range at the spot. He’s spent a limited amount of time behind the plate in high school. There’s a chance he winds up in the corner outfield, too.
Despite the concerns about where he winds up on the defensive spectrum, he’s a solid athlete. He does have below-average speed, but his improved conditioning as a senior helped on several fronts.
While these two signings put the Reds over their pool allotment for signings, they are within the allowed “up to 5% over” where they would only have to pay a 75% tax on the overage. They would not have to give up any draft picks. If my math is correct, even before signing Eric Yang, they would have another $109,930 that they could “go over” budget with before facing a loss of draft pick penalty. If and when they sign Yang, that number will change (no matter if he signs for slot or not, because the 5% is based on players signed in your pool – if he doesn’t sign, that money is not counted, but if he does, it is and that 5% is applied to a slightly larger number).
There has not been any announcement yet of the rookie-level rosters. It’s a good assumption that both Rece Hinds and Tyler Callihan will be on one of those rosters. It will likely either the Greeneville or Billings roster when they begin their careers. But for now we don’t know which of those two, or perhaps even the Arizona League Reds roster that they will eventually wind up on.