Despite being drafted in 2019, Rece Hinds began the 2021 season having played in just three games in his professional career. Everyone lost out on games in 2020, but the Reds did get Hinds time on the field by having him at their alternate site for some of the summer as a way to make sure he didn’t basically not play for two full years.
When May started and games were ready to get going the Reds assigned to Low-A Daytona. After going 0-4 on opening night against Palm Beach, Rece Hinds went off for the rest of the series, going 5-18 with a double and three home runs. Over the next three weeks Hinds slowed down a bit, hitting .230 with just one home run.
On June 2nd he would injure his knee, tearing his meniscus. Hinds would miss the next nine weeks before returning on August 7th in a rehab assignment with the Arizona Complex League Reds. The third baseman would spend two weeks with the ACL Reds, hitting .294 with seven extra-base hits in 11 games played before returning to re-join the Tortugas in Daytona on August 24th. He picked up where he left off in Arizona, going 23-84 in the final month of the season and posting a .274/.319/.571 line that included six home runs in 21 games to wrap up the season.
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Rece Hinds Scouting Report
Position: Third Base | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lbs | Acquired: 2nd Round (2019)
Born: September 5, 2000
Hitting | He’s got a below-average hit tool.
Power | He shows plus-plus raw power.
Speed | He’s an average runner.
Defense | His defense is below-average.
Arm | He shows plus arm strength.
On the offensive side of things, Rece Hinds shows top of the charts raw power. That’s the biggest calling card he has at the plate, but he already can get to the power in games. On the flip side, he did show plenty of swing-and-miss in 2021 as he struck out 28% of the time he came to the plate with Daytona during the season.
Defensively there are plenty of questions about where he will wind up. His arm is strong enough to play anywhere on the diamond. He’s played exclusively at third base in the field as a professional, but he’s struggled so far, posting an .890 fielding percentage in the 43 games he’s played in the field. Six of his ten errors on the season were of the throwing variety. If he has to move to another position down the line, right field would likely be the next spot he would get a look as his speed and arm would work just fine there.
Given the amount of time he’s missed on the field due to injuries he’s wound up with a little less experience than most players his age. There’s a lot to like in his game, but there are things that he’s going to need to improve on, too, if he’s going to reach his potential as an every day middle of the order hitter. While making more contact would be beneficial, his strikeout rate if maintained wouldn’t be a game breaker – but he would benefit from both a little more contact and walking at a slightly better rate than he showed in 2021.
Rece Hinds Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Rece Hinds
The home and road splits for Rece Hinds were enormous in 2021. At home he hit just .203/.267/.380 with 5 walks and 30 strikeouts in just 86 plate appearances. On the road he hit .295/.371/.648 with 12 walks and 35 strikeouts in 140 plate appearances. That’s really worth noting given that Daytona’s home ballpark did not have the automated strikezone, while all of their road games did have it.
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