Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel had a big night in Pensacola on Friday. The #2 overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft has hit well all year, but Friday night may have been his best of the season. The third baseman went 4-4 with a triple and a home run for the Blue Wahoos.

The four hits on the night pushed his line to .331/.386/.521 in 132 plate appearances with Pensacola. For the year between both Daytona and Pensacola he’s now hitting .313/.376/.490 with 35 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. Nick Senzel has been on an absolute tear in the month of July. In 24 games played he’s hit .365/.413/.594 with eight doubles, a triple and four home runs. In those 104 plate appearances he’s walked eight times and struck out 18 times while driving in 14 runs.

Jose Lopez keeps on rolling

On July 1st Jose Lopez struggled against Montgomery, giving up six earned in 4.1 innigngs with five walks and six strikeouts. In the five starts since then he’s been very, very good. Last night he threw 7.0 innings of 1-run baseball with two walks and five strikeouts. That pushed his five game stretch to 32.0 innings with six walks and 31 strikeouts. That’s also come along with an ERA of 1.41 and just 16 hits allowed.

The 23-year-old has split time this year between Daytona and Pensacola and he’s had tons of success at both stops. With the Tortugas, Jose Lopez posted a 2.84 ERA in 50.2 innings with 14 walks and 48 strikeouts. Since joining the Blue Wahoos his ERA is 2.95 in 61.0 innings with 25 walks and 61 strikeouts. That’s good for a 2.90 ERA between the two stops in 111.2 innings with just 39 walks and 109 strikeouts.

Jose Siri’s hit streak reaches 33

On Friday night Jose Siri only had one hit, a double, in five at-bats. That double, however, was good enough to extend his hitting streak to 33 games for the Dayton Dragons. That puts the center fielder all alone in second place on the Midwest League all-time list. The record for the league is 35 games set back in 1977.

15 Responses

  1. Gaffer

    2019 infield may be Senzel at 3B, Suarez back at SS, Scooter at 2B and Votto. just don’t see Peraza sticking and Dillon is a crap shoot now.

    • MK

      I don’t think this is a bad infield, however wouldn’t you think they might slide Suarez to short now, when Cozart can’t go just to see if he can still do it. I just believe they are going to hang with Peraza like they have Hamilton for better or worse.

    • kevin z

      It might be wishful thinking
      but thinking Long once adjust to AA then AAA will be at 2nd in 2019
      that would be the best bet hoping long a beast

  2. terry m

    Lopez is another name to keep in mind for 2018 -19 seasons for the big club…

    • MK

      Pretty big jump from Rookie ball to the Bigs in one or two years. A few people to pass along the way including Blandino and Long not to mention Herrera and Peraza.. Am hoping he is in Dayton in the next week or so. It is surprising Lopez did not make the Pioneer League All Star team. Looks like the league is loaded at second base.

    • Randy in Chatt

      Terry, do you mean Jose or Alejo for 2018?

  3. Chris

    Any chance we see Nick in Louisville before the end of the season?

    • Doug Gray

      I guess there’s a chance, but it seems like a small one. The Reds have already stated that the plan is to probably keep him in AA the rest of the year. Toss in the fact that Pensacola’s heading to the playoffs, and unless Louisville wins out, they probably aren’t, and it just makes sense to keep him there.

  4. RDriesenUD

    Suarez or Senzel should be playing another position RIGHT NOW. You can’t move one of them once they are both in the bigs together. Suarez should be playing SS or 2B (2B, IMO) right now, so they can see if he can do it before they have to move one of them. They both need to be on the team at some point next year.

    • Cinvenfan

      I’d try Senzel in Rf ala Kris Bryant (corner OF). Suarez has become such a good 3b that perhaps he stays and then play Winker in LF. Trade Schebler and Duvall .

      • Mac624

        I would not trade Duvall. We need one big hammer to go with Votto.

  5. MK

    Suarez should be playing shortstop tonight with Cozart on DL