The Cincinnati Reds closed up their instructional league last week. It ran from the end of September until the first few days of November, covering just over a month. One of the players that was talked about plenty in my discussions with people who were out in Goodyear talked highly of was Rece Hinds.

The 2020 season presented challenges for Rece Hinds that weren’t quite the same for many other players. Hinds, after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2019 draft by the Reds, only played in three games last season before he injured his quad and then missed the entire season. Without a minor league season that might have meant he would have essentially missed two minor league seasons. The Reds made the decision to invite him to join the alternate roster at Prasco Park in early August, giving him about six weeks of field time with the coaches and with players much older and more experienced than he was to learn with and learn from.

One of the early things I had heard coming out of Arizona during instructional league was that Rece Hinds had hit three homers in the first handful of games. A source reached out and shared this video of a long home run to dead center that Hinds hit last month, and being the caring person that I am, I’m passing it along to you.

13 Responses

  1. James K

    Off topic, but congratulations to Trevor Bauer, the best pitcher and smartest player in baseball.

    He has said he would like to return to Cincinnati. He would also like to get into a World Series. Here’s a suggestion of an inducement the Reds could offer: The contract could specify that if the Reds are not in contention (say, more than X games behind) one week before the trade deadline, Bauer could name six teams (presumably the division leaders) and require the Reds to trade him to one of them.

    • Doug Gray

      It actually looks to me like he’s wearing one of those “winter” masks that only has a spot cut out for your “eye area”. In some videos posted by Kyle Boddy last month you get the center field angle of videos as he’s showing off pitchers and you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

      As for not wearing a “catchers mask” – he’s behind the hitting net. It’s possible a ball could bust through there and it would be a bad situation….. but I guess that’s the risk he was willing to take.

      • MK

        Unless it is an old cotton net and has rotted it is not coming through that net. Especially since it is most certainly nylon.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    The speed Hinds showed getting out of the box is as impressive as the homer to me. Real good athlete.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Deep into the night it goes…
    Fun!
    Thanks for thinking of us, DG

  4. DaveCT

    I wonder if Rece’s bat takes off quickly if they’ll plunk him in RF and move him quickly.