Nick Senzel had a huge night for the Daytona Tortugas on Saturday. The 2nd overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft went 4-5 with three doubles, a triple, scored four runs and drove in four runs. It’s just another outstanding game in a line of games stretching over the last month-and-a-half.

In the last 40 games the Cincinnati Reds top prospect is hitting .344/.402/.558 in the Florida State League. In that span, Nick Senzel has hit 19 doubles, two triples and he’s hit four home runs. To put that into better perspective, that’s a .960 OPS in a league where the league OPS on the year is just .689. For the season his 24 doubles easily lead the league. No one else has 20.

Debby Santana hitting well for the Reds

If you’ve been following Brandon Phillips on social media for a while you know how much he loves #Debbies. Well, the Cincinnati Reds may be home of Phillip’s new favorite baseball player. 16-year-old Debby Santana is out to an outstanding start to his professional career.

The infielder is only seven games in, but the 6′ 2″ and 185 lb teenager is 11-25 (.400) with four walks, a double, a triple and two home runs to start out his career. He’s also stolen two bases in two attempts for the Dominican Summer League Reds. Santana will turn 17 in late August, making him the youngest, by far, player in the Reds system that is currently playing in games.

I don’t have too much information on him, but I’ve been told that he’s a lean, projectable infielder who has a chance to be very strong in the future.

Cristian Olivo hurting again

The Cincinnati Reds biggest international signing in the 2015 signing period, Cristian Olivo hasn’t played in the last week. The 18-year-old only had two plate appearances in the first game of the year for the Dominican Summer League Reds. In the second plate appearance he was hit by a pitch. He was later thrown out at home and was replaced in the field to start the next inning. He’s been nursing a quad strain, but it’s not considered serious. Last season, his first as a professional, he struggled at the plate, though he was playing through a shoulder injury throughout the season.

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10 Responses

  1. Simon Cowell

    Olivo sure seems to have lots of excuses on his performance. Certainly hope he turns it around

  2. MK

    Baseball is a game I’d adjustments. They adjust to you, you adjust to them. Star are the players who can make the adjustments most often and quickly. Senzel seems to make those adjustments quickly then dominate. He started slowly in Dayton then adjusted and dominated. Same thing this year. It will be fun to see him in AA where adjustments take place weekly.

  3. KyWilson1

    At what point does Votto start joining the best hitter ever discussion? He is absolutely amazing to watch. Put him in a major media market and he is the face of baseball.

    • Doug Gray

      He won’t because he’s not in that Ted Williams, Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds category.

  4. The Duke

    What infield position does Santana play? He’s DH’d every game so far.

    • Doug Gray

      I was just told he’s an infielder, which usually means that they don’t know just yet. He’s 16, so they are probably still trying to figure it out. That would suggest, though, that it’s not shortstop.