In 2021 Rece Hinds missed more than half of the season after injuring his knee. He would only play in 43 games with Single-A Daytona and then get another 11 games of action on rehab with the Arizona Complex League Reds.
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Despite missing much of the previous season and only playing in less than two months worth of games in Daytona, the Cincinnati Reds assigned Rece Hinds to High-A Dayton when the season began. Things went about as poorly as they could in April for Hinds. He struck out in all 16 games he played, going 8-58 with 33 strikeouts while hitting just .138/.242/.276 during the month.
Hinds turned things around in May, though. He hit two home runs in the second game of the month and followed it up with two more hits in the second game later that day. When the month was over he had hit .388 with 10 walks, 23 strikeouts, and he slugged .672 in 20 games.
June went in the other direction for the outfielder. In 17 games he went 12-67 (.179) with just three walks and he struck out 29 times. He played his final game of the month on June 21st before he went on the injured list with a broken hamate bone.
He missed the next two months, spending a week in Arizona on a rehab assignment, before returning to Dayton’s lineup on August 23rd. Hinds played in 14 games with the Dragons, hitting .218/.283/.473 with seven extra-base hits before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga for the final series of the year. With the Lookouts he .310/.310/.655 with five extra-base hits.
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Rece Hinds Scouting Report
Position: Outfield | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 215 lbs | Acquired: 2nd Round, 2019 Draft
Born: September 5, 2000
Hitting | He has a below-average hit tool.
Power | Hinds shows plus to plus-plus raw power.
Speed | He shows above-average to plus speed.
Defense | He’s an average defender.
Arm | Hinds shows a plus arm.
There’s plenty to like from Rece Hinds. He’s got some of the best raw power in all of minor league baseball and with that comes high-end exit velocities. He’s got a cannon for an arm that plays well in right field (he had 11 assists in 64 games as an outfielder in 2022). And despite his size, he’s very fast runner.
Defensively he made the transition from third base to the outfield in 2022. His arm strength he showed at the hot corner played quite well in right (and a limited amount of time in left). As the season went along he got better at reading the ball and running better routes, too. He’s going to need more time in the outfield, but there’s no reason to think that he shouldn’t be at least an average defender in the corners with a big time arm if he’s given more time out there.
But there’s two things that have plagued Hinds thus far in his career and it’s possible that they are at least somewhat related to each other. Hinds has struggled to make contact during his professional career, striking out 35% of the time he’s stepped to the plate. That simply has to come down if he’s ever going to have a chance to hit enough to be an every day player in the big leagues.
The other area that’s been a problem has been remaining on the field. Despite being drafted in 2019, Hinds has played in just 136 games – and that includes two different rehab stints back in Arizona. Now, like everyone else, he didn’t get the opportunity to rack up games in 2020 – though he did get time in at the Reds alternate site – but still, he missed 50 games in 2019, 70 games in 2021, and 60 games in 2022. He’s had to deal with a quad injury (2019), a knee injury (2021), and a broken hamate (2022). That’s a lot of playing time and reps that he’s missed out on.
The 22-year-old has essentially played about one full-season’s worth of games in the minor leagues despite being drafted back in 2019. All of those missed games means missed time in the batters box and missed time seeing more pitches that he needs to start making adjustments to. All of the tools are there for Hinds to be a quality corner outfielder with plenty of power, but he’s going to need to find a way to make a little bit more contact as he moves forward.
Rece Hinds Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Rece Hinds
In 2022 Rece Hinds was a much better hitter on the road than he was at home. During 37 road games he hit .234/.331/.460 with 17 walks and 59 strikeouts in 157 plate appearances. In his 42 home games he hit .232/.279/.400 with 8 walks and 66 strikeouts in 165 plate appearances.