Last night in St. Paul, Rece Hinds hit a home run for the second day in a row. The home run extended his hitting streak to nine games (he’d later add a single). The home run, though, should have counted for two hits on it’s own. Hinds hit the ball high off of the scoreboard in left-center and it was estimated at 494 feet. It came off of his bat at 110.2 MPH.

That’s the longest home run of the season in the Reds organization. In the minor leagues this season, no other Cincinnati prospect has hit a home run 450 feet this year. If we expand that into the big leagues, only Elly De La Cruz has and he hit one exactly 450 feet back on April 8th.

As I noted last night in the write up on Patreon for the games, Hinds has now homered in two straight games to begin May. That ended a long homerless drought for the outfielder. He homered in the first two games of the season back in March. He then didn’t homer again until the start of May. That marks just the third time in his career he had gone homerless during a calendar month. The other two times saw him register five plate appearances (June of 2021) and 10 plate appearances (June of 2019). He played in 25 games in April this year and racked up 102 plate appearances.

Ariel Almonte goes yard once again

It seems that every year there needs to be a reminder of just how pitcher friendly the Florida State League happens to be. Guys just don’t often hit well there, and when they do, they don’t tend to do so with power. The league just saps it – and there’s a few reasons for it (big ballparks, weather, nearly everything is at sea-level).

That’s happening once again this year…. unless you are Ariel Almonte. The 20-year-old outfielder clubbed his 8th home run of the year last night for Daytona. It was a 399-foot blast that put the Tortugas up 3-0 in the 1st inning in a game that they held on to win 4-2. Entering the year, Almonte’s career best home run total in a season was six, which came in 42 games with the ACL Reds in 2022. He hit five in 2021 in 48 games in the Dominican Summer League, and he hit five last year in 97 games with Daytona.

He’s now sitting at eight on the season through 21 games. Almonte’s been able to tap into that raw power this year. He’s still going to need to make adjustments to make more contact and hit for a higher average – but the power output has been impressive.

Just how impressive? Well, here’s the league leaders in the Florida State League when it comes to home runs:

  1. Ariel Almonte – 8
  2. The Tampa Tarpons – 8
  3. The St. Lucie Mets – 7
  4. The Jupiter Hammerheads – 5
  5. A 7-way tie (including two Tortugas) – 3

That’s right. Ariel Almonte has outhomered two teams in the league and has matched a third team.

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4 Responses

  1. The Duke

    After conferring with experts, I have confirmed that 494 feet is indeed a far distance to hit a baseball.

  2. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Is there a way to guess/figure the distance of how far a homer would go at a “regualr” ball park that’s hit the FSL?

    • Doug Gray

      Essentially you’re talking about 1% added distance for every 1000 feet above sea level, assuming that everything else is equal in the equation.

  3. DaveCT

    It’s fair to say Rece Hinds has had some major barriers to overcome. Between his first year, 2019, and the pandemic year, 2020, Hinds only played in 3 games. He got into 54 games in 2021 in Rookie ball and, mostly, Lo-A, and missed a fair amount of time again in 2022, his first entire year in full season ball (79 games). Last year was his career high of 109 games. 275 games total over 5 seasons (it’s inaccurate to average them).

    So, it’s really something IMO Hinds had his best season in the year he played the most. Given the obstacles he’s had to overcome, and as a second round pick, to get a productive ML player would be a rather large success story.

    One other thing, of the things I noticed about Hinds last year on MiLB TV, I was impressed with how hard he plays. He’s very aggressive on the field and base paths. Oh, and he hammers the baseball.