The Cincinnati Reds played two games on Monday afternoon. One of those games went better than the other – they managed just one hit against Seattle in a loss. But in both games they saw some good performances from prospects. Rece Hinds got his first at-bat of the spring and he took full advantage of it, crushing a home run off of the batters eye.

Not that the swing was a bad one, but that is not the kind of swing that typically results in a baseball going 400+ feet – even in Arizona. Hinds is s-t-r-o-n-g STRONG.

Tyler Callihan entered the day out to a hot start and he kept right on going. He picked up two more hits, going 2-2 with a double, walk, RBI, and two runs scored. Callihan currently leads the team with four runs batted in.

There were six prospects who took the mound in the game against Milwaukee. Rhett Lowder made his professional debut of sorts – it was his first game since being drafted (he did not pitch after the draft during the regular season and he did not pitch in instructional league). And he seemed like he didn’t skip a beat, giving up just a broken bat single while striking out two batters in a shutout inning.

Jacob Heatherly, who was a free agent but chose to re-sign with the Reds and got an invite to spring training, made his first appearance of the spring and he fired off a shutout frame while giving up a hit and a walk, adding in two strikeouts. Brooks Crawford tossed a hitless 9th inning to seal the Reds win against the Brewers.

Back in Goodyear where the Reds got 1-hit by Luis Castillo and the Seattle Mariners, it was Jacob Hurtubise who picked up the only hit of the game for Cincinnati. With two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning he went the other way and laced a single past the third baseman and into left field for a single.

Lyon Richardson followed Andrew Abbott on the mound and he tossed 2.0 shutout innings. He allowed a hit and a walk during the outing.

Tuesday’s game against Chicago will be available on MLB.tv through the Cubs feed. Connor Phillips, Zach Maxwell, Myles Gayman, and Jake Gozzo are among the pitchers expected to throw in the game.

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5 Responses

  1. Melvin

    “Not that the swing was a bad one, but that is not the kind of swing that typically results in a baseball going 400+ feet”

    Thinking the same thing.

    • Doc

      If he can hit it 400+ with one hand, can’t wait to see what he does with two.

  2. BK

    If Hinds continues the plate discipline he showed in the latter part of last season, he will rocket up the prospect charts. If the hit tool plays, he’s a prototypical RF.

    • DaveCT

      To get something such as a prototypical RF/4th OF out of a 2nd round pick who has dealt with a pretty fair amount of lost time due to injuries would be a significant success. Hats off to Hinds and the AA hitting coach for his progress. Next stop, AAA.