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.