157 innings of 3.32 ERA ball split between A+ Daytona and AA Chattanooga was enough for you to rank lefty Packy Naughton as the #11 prospect in this, the 2020 edition of the Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings. A solid choice, at that, as the former Virginia Tech Hokie once again pounded strike zones with his combination of a low 90s fastball and effective change, a combo that’s been successful for LHP for eons, it seems.
As for #12...
Rece Hinds, 19, 3B
Highest 2019 Level: Rookie (Greeneville)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: walked twice
Most Worrisome Fact: has never once picked up a hit as a professional
Alias(es): ‘Spoon, 57
If you thought there was very little to go on with Siani and even less with Callihan, allow me to introduce you to Rece Hinds. Hinds, 19, was the 49th overall draft pick last year when the Reds plucked him in the 2nd round, and the 6’4” power-blaster has the natural ability to obliterate baseballs that few his age, or older, possess.
Of course, we just haven’t had the chance to see any of it yet.
Hinds logged just 10 PA for the Greeneville Reds in 2019 before a leg muscle injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. In that time he picked up nary a hit, walked twice, struck out thrice, and drove in a lone run. So, we’re not exactly ranking him anywhere based on what he’s done to date, but rather his natural tools.
He’s listed at 215 lb for now, but will likely continue to fill out, and his size certainly helps fuel his powerful swing, which at this juncture is his calling card. He’ll swing and miss plenty - who doesn’t these days - but the Reds were obviously high enough on him to sign him for some $1.8 million last summer, and there are ample tools there. Hopefully, we get to see them on display healthily in 2020, with some dingers as a Dayton Dragon in his near future.
Jameson Hannah, 22, OF
Highest 2019 Level: A+ Daytona
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .339 OBP. Good Defense.
Most Worrisome Fact: No Power. None
Alias(es): Irish Whiskey, Hannah Barbera,
Jameson Hannah came to the Reds in return for the titan that was Tanner Roark. Actually, if you think about it Hannah is a pretty good return. I think he was a Top 10 prospect in the A’s organization and slots just about right there for the Reds. Hannah is one of those high floor, slow ceilings guys. He’s stable but not anything super exciting. He gets on base. He play solid defense. He can get the bat on the ball. He slashed .274/.339/.369 for 2019 playing exclusively at A+. Though, he did only steal eight bases and was caught eight times.
Scouts also aren’t that low on him right now. Even though he hasn’t hit well, he grades out with a 45 power grade. He also has a supposed 55 grade hit tool. All of these should make Hannah a more intriguing player going forward. As of right now he looks like a 4th OF candidate but one that should stick in CF because of his athleticism. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll make some kind of gigantic leap in AA.
Jose Siri, 24, OF
Highest 2019 Level: AAA Louisville
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 26 SB in 2019, plus defense in CF
Most Worrisome Fact: will swing at everything, anywhere, anytime
Alias(es): Que Sera Siri, Alexa, John McEnroe
Jose Siri has featured prominently on RR’s Community Prospect Rankings for years, and rightly so. He’s got the kind of tools that make you drool, and back in 2017 he even backed it up with production to match - 24 dingers, 46 steals, and an epic hit streak to pair with his Gold Glove caliber defense in CF. Unfortunately, he’s not been able to replicate that at all in the upper minors, and that’s especially concerning since he’s been on the 40-man roster for two years now, burning options while trying to figure things out.
The power is very real, as the .474 SLG% he posted in his 2018 stint at AA Pensacola was the highest ever by a Blue Wahoo with at least 275 PA in a season. His numbers at AA Chattanooga in 2019, though, were not nearly as impressive (.251/.313/.388 in 405 PA), but we’ve come to terms with Chattanooga’s home park suppressing RH power. That said, while AAA hitters were jacking dingers left and right in 2019 thanks to the advent of the streamlined MLB ball, Siri struggled tremendously with his first taste of that level, hitting just .196/.264/.411 there in 125 PA.
If he puts things together, he’s got perhaps the highest ceiling of any current Reds prospect, a combo of power/speed/defense that’s completely electric. At worst, though, his defense and baserunning ability should make him a capable 4th OF type as early as 2020, but man, would it ever be nice to get even a 2010 Drew Stubbs-like season from him just once.
Who is the Reds #12 prospect?
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