The Cincinnati Reds have called up Rece Hinds from Triple-A Louisville. He’s taking the spot on the 26-man roster of Stuart Fairchild, who is heading to the 10-day injured list with what is being called a spine disc injury. This comes on top of the team acquiring another outfielder, Austin Slater, in a trade late on Sunday night from the San Francisco Giants. Cincinnati is also calling up reliever Yoszer Zulueta from Triple-A, and optioned Graham Ashcraft back to the minor leagues.

In the offseason the Reds added Rece Hinds to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The club’s 2019 2nd round pick is 23-years-old, but he’s got less experience than most guys his age. After being drafted in 2019 he played in three games before heading to the injured list and missing the rest of the season. Then the 2020 minor league season was cancelled. Injuries kept him off of the field for two-thirds of the 2021 season. Then in 2022 he missed nearly half of the season. Last year he played in 109 games with Double-A Chattanooga – finally playing a full season. He performed well, hitting .269/.330/.536 with 23 home runs for the Lookouts.

This year Cincinnati sent Rece Hinds to Triple-A. He homered in each of the first two games, but he got out to an extremely slow start – hitting just .153/.247/.264 in his first 20 games with Louisville. But he began a 12-game hitting streak after that and carried his hot-hitting over and through the end of May, posting an OPS of .874 in the following 31 games.

Hinds went into a big slump over the next four weeks, hitting .164 with three walks and 30 strikeouts from June 1st through the 27th in 18 games played. Since then he’s turned things around a bit, picking up hits in seven of his eight games and picking up five extra-base hits.

There’s a bit of a mixed bag with Rece Hinds. We can start with the negative – he strikes out a lot. Like a whole lot. This season he’s struck out 126 times in 77 games, covering just 328 plate appearances. That’s a 38.4% strikeout rate. That would be the highest rate in the big leagues among qualified hitters (Nolan Gorman at 36.4%, who has a 3.5% lead over the next closest guy. Will Benson, who isn’t qualified, has a 40.1% strikeout rate to give this familiarity and context).

The struggles with contact limit what he’s going to do when it comes to hitting for average, getting on base, and just how much of his incredible raw power he’s able to routinely tap into.

But there are plenty of things that he could help with. He’s a good defender in right field and he’s got a plus arm and uses it well. His power is off the charts. He’s hit the second furthest home run in all of Triple-A this season – a 494-foot blast. His power plays to all fields and he goes the other way frequently.

Despite his size, he’s quite fast. He’s not going to stack up with your Elly De La Cruz or Blake Dunn’s of the world, but he’s got above-average speed.

It’s unclear exactly how the Reds will be using Rece Hinds. At the plate he’s done better against lefties than righties, hitting .242/.314/.453 compared to just .204/.278/.388 against righties. But the outfield needs just about anyone it can get right now as Jake Fraley, Nick Martini, Stuart Fairchild, and TJ Friedl are all out right now.

Yozver Zulueta is back

On May 10th Yosver Zulueta had a 6.08 ERA and hitters had a .765 OPS against him while he has walked 12 and hit another batter in his 13.1 innings pitched in Triple-A. Since then he’s allowed one earned run in the minor leagues (23.0 innings) and one earned run in the big leagues (3.0 innings). He’s also only walked 11 batters in those 26.0 combined innings and he’s struck out 33 batters without allowing a home run and while holding hitters to an OPS of .484.

Nick Lodolo expected tomorrow

With Graham Ashcraft heading back to the minor leagues it seems as though it’s going to be Nick Lodolo taking the mound tomorrow night for the Reds. Joe Danneman of Fox 19 in Cincinnati reported that’s what David Bell told the media prior to tonight’s game.

59 Responses

  1. Jim Walker

    This would be a great time for somebody to come up and post an Aquino 2019 August or even 80% of it.

    Just hoping.

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  2. Mark A Verticchio

    What an unbelievable year, I have been a fan for over 50 years and have never seen this many injuries. I would list them all but it would take way too long. However, consider this, right now Fraley, Fairchild and Martini are all gone, in this spring that was their 2nd string outfield.

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    • BK

      The pitching staff was decimated by injuries last season comparable to the position players this season. Thirty-eight pitchers took the mound for the Reds last season. Hinds will be the twenty-fourth position player to enter a game for the Reds.

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  3. Kevin H

    I dunno, something tells me Ashcraft and bell don’t get along. I mean why not dfa Wilson and move Ashcraft to Bullpen.

    My opinion and I could be wrong, however we saw this last year with Senzel.

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    • Mark A Verticchio

      I tend to agree, I guess Lodolo will make the start on Saturday.

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    • LDS

      Oh no, we’re agreeing again. He did that with Hopkins, Senzel, Barrero, and others. There always seems to be a guy that Bell just doesn’t like playing. And he gets to escape blame here with excuses like the player isn’t very good, how do you that, Bell knows things etc. Sometimes you simply have to believe your own eyes. Let’s hope Hinds breaks out.

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      • Kevin H

        I have said, that I have come to conclusion reds can’t win with current manager.

        I believe too, some things are out of his control. Yes, we agree again lol…

      • wkuchad

        Be better than this silly conjecture

      • LDS

        @Wkuchad, And what silly conjecture is that? You see, but do not observe.

      • BhamRedsFan

        Hopkins, Senzel, Barrero. Wow! That’s your argument!

      • Roger Garrett

        Based on what I have seen in the past unless his boss insists this guy or that guy plays and plays a lot Bell will use his entire roster.Rios and Hinds get a start tonight but it means little as far as will they play tomorrow or not for 5 or 6 games.It has nothing to do with performance cause some will play regardless while other won’t play regardless.Ash probably has options but he is slowly being moved out of the starting picture it appears and why I am not sure and could just be he pitched yesterday.If anybody can make sense of the circus then please pass it on.I have always believed that the GM sets the roster and the manager goes from there.Now I believe both have talked and have a plan but I don’t think its the same plan.

      • Harry Stoner

        I hope they are communicating well with Ashcraft, but I’m not confident.

        He was pretty jagged about the last demotion.

        Pitched a pretty decent game the other day.

        Krall likes to burn through options to juggle his roster.

        It does sound like it’s Spiers vs Ashcraft right now. I don’t think moving GA to the bullpen makes a lot of sense.

        He’s a competent starter with some experience, but is inconsistent.

        But he’s an All Star compared to the clown car of starters the Reds have run out there.

        It would be reckless to waste him.

        Do some players wind up cruzado with Bell? Mr. Mumbler?

        That’s like the old rhetorical questions about bears, popes, woods, etc.

    • BK

      … or the Reds want to keep Ashcraft starting, and five other starting pitchers have outperformed him, one of whom is coming off the IL tomorrow and will need Ashcraft’s roster and rotation spot.

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      • Mauired

        Actually Ashcraft had two great starts since returning for Louisville. Spiers was beat up pretty bad against Detroit. I thought Lodolo was taking Spiers spot. Now if some how Spiers 90 mph heater gets hit a lot, they can’t bring up Ashcraft to replace him for two weeks

  4. Ksdavis

    Ashcraft needs to loose 25 pounds. I don’t think he is in great shape.

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  5. Melvin

    Hinds in RF tonight. No Slater. May not had enough time for travel?

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    • Jim Walker

      Correct on travel. Beat guys say Slater should be in town for Tuesday’s game. Bell was already gushing about him in his pregame comments to the beat guys.

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      • Redgoggles

        I’d gush too, considering his other OF options at the moment. Slater looks like a perennial all star by comparison. Hurtubise, Hinds and Dunn all OPS-ing under .725 at AAA. Not a good year for the injuries and Benson and Fraley to take steps back.

        Pets heads are falling off.

  6. Melvin

    Hinds and Benson back to back in the lineup tonight. Any guesses on how many Ks between them? 😉

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  7. Mark A Verticchio

    Tonight the Reds have one hitter hitting over .250 in the line up, India, for comparison the Rockies have six. What an absolute shame that this has happened to this once proud franchise.

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    • Luke J

      Yet the Reds are exactly in the middle of the Major Leagues in runs scored, with 388. There is a reason why most baseball analysts and front offices don’t rely much on batting average anymore (and why batting averages are down across the league despite scoring not being down proportionally). Batting average just isn’t a good indicator of offensive output. I mean, Elly is hitting .251 with 121 strikeouts and is one of the most valuable shortstops in the game.

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  8. Jeremiah

    Maybe the Reds are going to be one of those inspiring Cinderellas that faces a lot of adversity but overcomes it all and goes on like a 14 game winning streak in September to make the playoffs!

    I read today the “6th tool” for players is considered staying healthy. The Reds need to work on developing the staying healthy tool somehow.

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    • Melvin

      I’d say that 6th tool is the most important one. What’s the old saying the best ability is dependability or in this case availability. 🙂

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  9. paleblue

    I hope Ashcraft is happy he got his “anthem stand-off” in.

    That looked brilliant.

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    • Nick in NKY

      Nothing like taking 4 wins in 3 games from the Yanks.

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    • Melvin

      At least he was here for his bobblehead day if I’m not mistaken. 🙂

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  10. Kevin H

    Congratulations to Hinds, and let’s see what happens. Somewhat hope Hinds is called up to play. Not sit the bench.

    Wynns, Soto, Espinal, and Dunn the bench tonight.

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  11. Jeremiah

    Is Levi Jordan still on the team, he was an outfielder right? Batting .300 I think at Triple A?

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    • Jim Walker

      Jordan was DFA, sent through waivers, cleared, and outrighted to AAA. He remains a Reds property but is no longer on the 40 man roster. A spot would have to be open or cleared on the 40 man to bring him back to the Reds.

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    • Melvin

      Yep. He could play most anywhere hitting .300. Had to make room for the .200 hitters. We wouldn’t want to be unfair to our opponents. 😉

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  12. RedsGettingBetter

    From a logical point of view this Hinds’ move is just to cover Slater absence today. He should be optioned after Slater will be activated unless the Reds staff prefers to send Dunn instead. It’s likely the same about Zulueta who could pitch today a couple of innings if the scoreboard permits but will be optioned to give his spot to Lodolo tomorrow…

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    • Kevin H

      More in likely your correct, however remember this is a organization that sent Moll down for no reason other than he had options.

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  13. Indy Red Man

    So they actually think Spiers is better then Ashcraft? Seems more like running up the white flag and experimenting for next year which I’m actually ok with. Problem is I don’t trust the front office to spend wisely or draft wisely for that matter

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    • Redgoggles

      I think it is more of a message to Ashcraft to work on certain things than anything. He clearly has more upside, but Spiers has shown to be a better pitcher thus far in 2024. Ashcraft will be back to take Montas spot after they trade him, if not before.

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      • Harry Stoner

        I think you’re probably right.

        I like Montas but I don’t see how keeping him around, with his contract, makes a lot of strategic sense if the team keeps bumbling along.

        Trade Frankie this summer, bundle Ashcraft in a trade over the Winter.

        He’ll have some value and likely enjoy getting away from this franchise.

        Will likely do very well in a Petco sized park somewhere.

        He used to be Mr. Groundball here but that’s gotten off track.

      • Redgoggles

        Yeah, it makes me wonder if that is the message to him that isn’t “getting through”. I think he is a strong#3-4 going forward, so it’s worthwhile giving him some rope to figure things out.

        With his 2024 numbers, he’s probably still the #2 in our 2023 rotation.

    • Kevin H

      Oh stop, give the dude a chance and maybe a few seasons.

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    • Nick in NKY

      Wasn’t Aquino like 28 or 29 when he debuted? Hinds is 23. Yeah the numbers ain’t great, but he too may adjust and blossom a bit.

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      • Nick in NKY

        Thank you for the correction Jim. So when he tore it up in August of ’19, he was not as old as I thought he was, but he is a few years older than Hinds is now. I stand half corrected. 🙂

        Hopefully Rece can put a longer run together.

  14. Justin T

    Players that strikeout like this young man does are like pitchers who walk too many batters, they never fully get over it. Nothing is more frustrating than to watch a guy strikeout 175 times a summer. Give me a .275 hitter who hits 10 honers and strikes out 70-80 times over the guy hitting 30 homers and strikes out 175 times. The contact guy makes things happen, gets the defense moving. They put pressure on a defense, they can start a rally.

    One of the biggest reasons for the last 10-15 years lack of success is the Reds not putting value on contact hitters. Strikeouts are deflating. If you strikeout over 35% of the time you cannot be a big league hitter in my opinion. To see Benson still in the starting lineup every night lets me know how serious the Reds are about winning. All that to say Rece Hinds does not sound enticing to me.

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    • Harry Stoner

      Home runs mean fireworks mean happy kids mean families at GASP.

      An 8 year old isn’t going to remember if Bell refused to call for a bunt or if Fraley gets picked off or Benson gets another sombrero or Fairchild forgets how many outs there are.

      But she/he will remember the fireworks and the Mike Ford Bobblehead.

      A cynical business plan, but a business plan nonetheless.

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      • Robin

        Earl Weaver said, ” A three run homer makes up for a lot of mistakes.:

    • Longtimefan

      I’m with you. I hate all of the strikeouts. Put the ball in play and make the other team earn outs. Can’t stand .220 hitters that hit 25 hrs and strikeout 35% of the time. Much prefer .270 hitters with 10 hrs but that isn’t today’s game. Adam Duval is still striking out and hitting home runs with a good team.

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  15. Roger Garrett

    Pitchers are so far ahead of the hitters and the hitters just swing hard and often hoping to do damage at least once in awhile.Thats works for guys like Schwarber who helps win games even if he hits 200 or less and it helps all power hitters.The Reds have no power hitters so even if they connect its just a wall scraper or a warning track out for the most part.I have heard its a diiferent baseball also.Reds must put the ball in play and use there speed.Just as soon as they homer like in the Yankee series they swing even harder and more often and well we see what we see.Now just for the record Elly has power but he is more likely to lead the league in strikeouts and stolen bases this year then finishing in the top 10 in home runs in the National League.Reds have to change their approach at the plate.

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  16. Harry Stoner

    “….Reds have to change their approach at the plate.”

    Agreed, but this will never happen with the current GM and manager.

    EDLC is both a blessing and a terrible role model.

    I mean for young Reds hitters….he seems like a truly splendid, joyful human being, who should be a role model for us all.

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  17. AMDG

    I’d like to see the Vegas line for Hind’s strikeout rate while with the Reds.

    If it’s anything below 60%, it would seem the smart money is on taking the Over.

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  18. Jmb

    Well, let’s see what he can do. I’m not expecting much, considering his minor league stats, but sometimes guys blossom in the Show.

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