It’s been a tough go of it as a professional baseball player for Rece Hinds. After being drafted in the 2nd round back in the 2019 season he suffered a quad injury just three games into the season with then rookie-level affiliate Greeneville and missed the remaining 63 games of the season. After spending the 2020 season at the Cincinnati Reds alternate training site, the Reds sent Hines to Low-A Daytona where a knee injury caused the third baseman to miss another two months of the season. He played in just 43 games with the Tortugas (and another 11 games with the ACL Reds on a rehab assignment as he came off of the knee injury).
With early minor league camp getting underway for position players on Monday there was something a bit new on the table for Hinds. Cincinnati has decided to take a look at how he may be able to play in the outfield after never playing there in the past. Shawn Pender, the Reds vice president of player development told Mark Sheldon of Reds.com that the position change wasn’t set in stone.
While Rece Hinds is known for his big time power more than anything else, he also has a big time arm. He’s had some struggles defensively at third base in the minors, posting an .890 fielding percentage there with 11 errors in just 43 games played. Moving him off of third base does make his arm a little less valuable, though if he winds up in right field the arm would still have plenty of value there.
Limiting MiLB rosters off the table for now
Last week it was reported that as a part of collective bargaining the owners wanted to have the power to control how many players were allowed to be in a farm system as a league wide mandate, possibly dropping the number below 150 players. The current number is 180 players – not including the Dominican Summer League. On Monday that offer was pulled off of the table.
Jeff Passan of ESPN noted that this doesn’t mean Major League Baseball won’t still attempt to do this in the future.
MLB today withdrew its request of the union to control — and potentially reduce — the number of minor league jobs, as @EvanDrellich said. The league could try to unilaterally going forward, but it won't do so in 2022 and at the moment does not have plans to pursue it in 2023.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 22, 2022