Timothy Clifton Hines
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School Kishwaukee College
Tim Hines peaked at AAA.
Hines was picked by the New York Mets with the 82nd pick (3rd round) of the 1987 amateur draft. He was their fourth selection, following Chris Donnels, Todd Hundley and Pete Schourek. Hines made his pro debut with the Kingsport Mets and looking overwhelmed, going 10 for 71 with 9 walks and no extra-base hits. In 1988, he improved to .280/.373/.439 for Kingsport. He split '89 between the Pittsfield Mets (.309/.366/.397 in 55 G) and St. Lucie Mets (.233/.327/.267 in 34 G). He was 9th in the New York-Penn League in average, but did not get All-Star honors at catcher - those went to Carlos Mota and Eric Albright.
Taken by the Buffalo Bisons in the AAA phase of the 1989 Rule V Draft, Hines played in the Pittsburgh Pirates chain in 1990-1991. He hit .279/.338/.453 with 11 home runs and 8 triples for the 1990 Salem Buccaneers. He tied Fabio Gomez for the Carolina League lead in triples. The Pennsylvania native split '91 between the Carolina Mudcats (.204/.262/.255 in 34 G) and Buffalo Bisons (11 for 33, 2 2B, 3B, BB in his only look at AAA). He was 8 for 49 with a double, homer, two walks and 17 whiffs for the 1992 Harrisburg Senators to wrap up his career.
Overall, Hines had batted .260/.329/.374 in 324 minor league games.