As we continue to look at possible selections for the New York Yankees in the First Round of the 2019 MLB Draft, another intriguing infielder that could be available with the 30th selection is Rece Hinds. Hinds currently goes to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and is one of those players that is well-known for the power that he has at the plate.
In their recent MLB Mock Draft, Baseball America has the Yankees selecting Hinds with their pick. Here is what Carlos Collazo had to say about the pick (subscription required):
“Imagining Hinds playing in Yankee Stadium in a few years is fun, and New York’s gamble on a previous large, righthanded-hitting power hitter with swing-and-miss concerns paid off nicely—RE: Aaron Judge.”
Hinds would fit that infielder need for the Yankees with his ability to play the hot corner in addition to shortstop and in the outfield. He is committed to play at LSU next year, so New York would have to convince him to turn professional should be taken with that pick.
As mentioned earlier, power is what stands out for the six-foot-four-inch Hinds. As BA put it in their scouting report, he “muscles balls to all fields with ease.” Last summer, he finished in second place in the High School Home Run Derby to Bobby Witt Jr. Here is some video of Hinds from the most recent National High School Invitational, courtesy of 2080 Baseball:
In addition to the power, Hinds is known for his throwing arm, which makes him a possible third base option at the next level. If he can show accuracy with that arm, then he has the ability to stick at that position. Here is what Perfect Game says about him in addition to more video:
“Big and strong athletic build, long arms and room to get stronger. Third base tools defensively, has outstanding raw arm strength, good one spot lower half quickness and athleticism.”
While the Yankees haven’t selected a third baseman in Round 1 since Eric Jagielo was drafted in 2013, third base is a position where there isn’t much depth in the system. It could allow Hinds to rise quickly through the system if he develops at a fast pace.
If the Yankees can land Hinds at this pick, they should be happy with the selection because its tough to teach that kind of power and the swing can be developed. With the bat speed and power to go with his defense, Hinds is going to be one of those names to watch at the back end of the First Round.