The Team of the 2010s: DH Bill Rhinehart

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators

Bill Rhinehart (2008-11) – .246/.322/.442, 307 G, 126 R, 154 RBI, 64 2B, 42 HR2B, 4 HR)

Promoted quickly up the chain in 2008, Rhinehart had struggled every season he was at Double-A Harrisburg even earning a demotion to Potomac in 2010. But 2011 was different for Rhinehart as he changed his physical and mental approach at the plate to astounding results.

He drove the ball all around the ballpark to the tune of the team’s highest slugging percentage and even at 26 years old became a sought after piece in the trade deadline deal that sent Johnny Gomes to the Nationals.

The University of Arizona product finished the season strong for the Cincinatti organization, but failed to repeat his success in 2012 when he played 92 games at Triple-A Louisville. By 2013, the former 11th round draft pick was out of baseball.

Rhinehart is also remembered fondly in some circles for his one pitching appearance where he recorded the final three outs while striking out one in a lopsided 13-2 loss to Altoona.

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