Re: Monday May 14, 2012 Minor League Updates
Was wondering if anybody had any informed impressions of Bill Rhinehart. The Reds picked him up last year from Washington, which evidently didn't regard him highly as a prospect. But he's a left-handed hitter who has shown substantial power. Last year, in his two stops at AA, he put up 28 HR. In six seasons, his career OPS is .793. He's played primarily first base in the past, although he does have some outfield experience. This year, the Bats have used him exclusively in RF (when he isn't the DH). He seems like a less exciting but more advanced version of Donald Lutz; or perhaps an outfield variation of Mike Costanza. Anyway, I'd be curious to know if anybody who has watched him play might consider him a possibility as a part-time LH bat for the Reds.