When Rece Hinds was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds back in 2019 he was considered one of if not the top power hitter in the draft when it came to raw power. While he’s been limited on the field at times due to several injuries as well as the lost 2020 season (though he did spend time at Prasco with the Reds alternate site players), Hinds has shown that the reports of his power were not exaggerated.
On Thursday night he was back in the lineup for the Glendale Desert Dogs out in the Arizona Fall League and he showed off that power once again with a triple that came off of his bat at 117 MPH according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Off to the races!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 28, 2022
Rece Hinds finished the night up 2-5 with a single, triple, a stolen base – his third of the AFL – and two runs scored. He’s racked up seven extra-base hits in 15 games. Hinds has struggled to make contact, though, striking out 28 times in 64 plate appearances. That’s held his average to .246 and with just three walks his on-base percentage is just .281 in the Arizona Fall League.
With a verified 117 MPH exit velocity, Hinds has one of the top exit velocities in the organization since these things started to be tracked. Only one player at the big league level for the Reds has topped 117 MPH since 2015 when we started getting this data – Aristides Aquino back in August of 2019 homered at 118.3 MPH. While I don’t have access to all of the minor league data, when it comes to the Reds farm system I have only seen one other 117+ MPH exit velocity and it was from Elly De La Cruz last year in instructional league. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been others, just that I wasn’t informed of them. Still, when you start getting into the 117 MPH range you are talking about the absolute upper echelon of exit velocities.
The Dayton Dragons Top 10 Plays
The Dayton Dragons put together their Top 10 plays of the 2022 season and I still can’t get over the top play where Allan Cerda goes full lay out and then some to make a catch against West Michigan.