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Exactly one year and eleven days ago, we detailed how Baseball America - perhaps the most esteemed ranker of top prospects in the entire industry - rated Jose Barrero as the single best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system. Most of their peers had already considered Barrero a graduated prospect due to the discrepancy over service time during the pandemic-shortened season, but the fact remained that there was enough that Barrero had shown in his minor league days to push him all the way to the 33rd ranked prospect in all of baseball by BA.
With an arm that touched 96 mph on a throw from right field and a bat that crushed a 117 mph rocket in Arizona Fall League play, it’s undeniable that Cincinnati Reds prospect Rece Hinds has some truly elite aspects of his game. There’s glorious upside, really, and it’s that optimism that fueled you to vote him as the #16 prospect in the team’s system in this, the 2023 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings.