The Cincinnati Reds have some real star power in the top of their minor league system with four prospects being ranked inside the top-50. They have decided to call up their top one, Nick Senzel. Senzel is ranked as the number-five prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline and the number-two third baseman behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was called up last week.
While Senzel is listed as a third baseman, he has the ability to play a number of different positions. With Senzel being somewhat blocked at third and second base at the moment, he will likely be looking at time in the outfield at least when he first comes up, and with Scott Schebler only posting a .132 batting average and a .504 OPS in centerfield I would think that he could be a likely candidate to take over the centerfield spot.
Regardless of position though, Senzel is someone who is expected to hit. He was viewed as the best pure-hitter in his draft class when he was the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Not only does he have very good control of the bat with a very good approach and an ability to make contact at a very high rate and not strike out very much, he also projects to hit for a good amount of power and he is rated as having above average speed.
Basically, Senzel is someone who the Reds should just want in the lineup in any way possible and while he may not have a for sure spot in the field at first, I think he will spend a lot of time in center and left field, but he could also be in the lineup every day as a utility guy.
The Reds have four consecutive last place finishes in the NL Central and so far this season they are off to a 13-18 start that also has them in last place, but Senzel is one of the main pieces that they have been planning to build around. He would have been in the major leagues much sooner if he hadn’t been dealing with a number of injuries over the past couple of seasons, but now he is here and Cincinnati fans have a potential future star for them to look forward to watching for the rest of the year.
And for baseball fans this is also very exciting news because the year of the top prospect continues and so far we have a really exciting crop of rookies in the major leagues.
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