Cincinnati Reds top 10 prospects for 2019

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Sennzel
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Sennzel /
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1. Nick Senzel, IF/OF

Birthday: 6/29/1995 (23)
Acquired: Draft, 1st round, 2016
Level(s): AAA Louisville
Statistics: .310/.378/.509, 44 G, 193 PA, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 8 SB, 9.8% BB, 20.2% K

Coming out of Tennessee, the one question that Nick Senzel had was what position he would play. Everyone was certain that he would hit, and the Cincinnati Reds gambled on his bat with the 2nd overall selection.

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He’s definitely hit throughout his minor league career, with a .314/.390/.513 line over his minor league career so far, but that minor league career consists of just 231 games thus far. He’s shown solid power, both in gap power and home run power, which was something some were concerned about as he was being drafted.

With experience at second base and third base coming out of college, Senzel has shown well defensively at third base and second base as well, but he may need to get out of the infield just to save his health, and the Cincinnati Reds seem to understand this as well.

He ended up playing quite a bit of outfield in fall instructs, and from all reports, it went very well. The hitting has never been an issue. If he can add in a quality defensive position and stay healthy, Senzel could be up in 2019, and he could be a legit Rookie of the Year challenger as soon as he’s up with his innate hitting ability.

Senzel should be a guy who anchors the Cincinnati Reds lineup for many years to come. He’s among the top 10 prospects in the entire game.

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Finally, the fans of the Cincinnati Reds can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While it means their team can compete in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, so the playoffs could still be a tough road, it should make things more enjoyable at Great American Ball Park soon!