When the Cincinnati Reds selected Nick Senzel with the #2 overall pick in the 2016 draft everyone thought that he was going to hit. And after about a two week blip on the radar to start his career in Billings, all he’s done since being drafted, is hit. On Thursday night the third baseman continued to just hit the cover off of the ball.

The Blue Wahoos were taking on Mobile at home in Pensacola and Nick Senzel put on a show. He hit two home runs, giving him seven with the Blue Wahoos and 11 total on the season. He also singled, stole a base and drew a walk. After his 3-4 night with two home runs he’s now hitting .341/.396/.551 in Double-A.

In 106 games played this season between Daytona and Pensacola Nick Senzel has hit 38 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs. In 454 total plate appearances he’s now hitting .320/.381/.506 between the two stops, both of which are considered to be pitcher friendly environments.

On Thursday afternoon I sat down and recorded an hour long podcast with Chad Dotson for Redleg Nation Radio. We spent quite a bit of time discussing Nick Senzel, but we also talked about many other players down on the farm for the Cincinnati Reds. Go give it a listen.

Phillip Ervin remains hot despite sitting

The Cincinnati Reds called Phillip Ervin up early in August and he sat on the bench for five straight days without playing before being optioned back to Triple-A. He had been hitting well for a while before being called up and despite not playing for five days with the Reds, he’s kept on going since returning to Louisville.

Last night Phillip Ervin went 3-4 with a double, triple, steal and he scored a run. Over his last 32 games played he’s hit an impressive .315/.388/.468 for the Bats. That’s also come along with 10 stolen bases in that span, pushing his season total to 23.

17 Responses

  1. Shawn

    I know it is early to be thinking about the draft; However, I can’t help looking, considering our draft position. My question for the forum and Doug, is Seth Beer’s numbers legit. Two years of twice as many walks as strikeouts. I want Seth Beer! Thoughts?

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  2. The Duke

    It seems like everytime Senzel faces better pitcher, he steps his game up. Anyone who is doubting the power should start to feel better about it. I think he has no trouble topping 20 HR in Great American Small Park and in his best years might be able to top 30. Scary how much he reminds me of Votto at the plate.

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    • DaveCT

      Couldn’t agree more. Given HR power often comes later for many guys, in of the opinion Senzel’s will play outside of the GABandbox.

      Side note: Can’t wait to see Senzel and Winker around Votto. Yes, Sensei. No, Sensei. As you wish, Sensei …

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  3. Shawn

    Hopefully Ervin gets the chance to stick with the Reds next year. Is kevlihan under team control next year?

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  4. Brock

    I saw that Senzel won best defensive third baseman tool from Baseball America. Is he really that good of a third baseman? I had read that he was average at best right now.

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    • Doug Gray

      He’s a good third baseman right now. Still has some things to work on, like nearly every minor leaguer does, but he can and does make all of the plays.

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      • DaveCT

        I was selfishly disappointment noted LaValley didn’t join Senzel, ARodriguez, and Long to run the table for best defensive infield in the FSL.

  5. kevin z

    Senzel sure is raking love to see it, he just looks like a MLB player..
    Nice to see Ervin play well if keeps it up will be up again soon

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  6. sultanofswaff

    Hamilton is a known commodity. In a lost season, what’s the harm in giving Philip Ervin the lion’s share of the playing time from here on out? It’s not like winning is a priority. Positives–you go into the offseason with an idea of whether you can replace arbitration eligible Hamilton with the same or maybe better overall production for less money. It also might serve as a wake up call to Billy to hit the weights so he can hit for more authority and possibly improve his stamina over the course of a long season. You could also test out whether Billy is suited to a late game pinch running/defensive replacement role.

    In order to hedge their bets, I’d like to see the Reds play Suarez a little at SS in September and Senzel at 2B. Positional versatility is so huge in today’s game so you can take advantage of pitching matchups—there will be many days when you want both of their bats in the lineup. Senzel is easily as athletic as Gennett—2B is possible if he puts in the work.

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    • kevin z

      I agree thought should of when called up last time
      in the least to play each OF spot take kivlehans spot on team

      Id like to see that too most teams move there players around
      need to get with the times no more designated spots
      love to see Senzel play some 2nd even if keep Suarez at 3rd.
      want a D player at SS mayb let peraza figure it out like at the plate

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  7. DaveCT

    It’d be very interesting to see if Phillip Ervin is hitting the outside breaking ball better than he has in the past. Really at all. That is probably one of the main dividing lines between ML regular and platoon guy. It’d be really sweet to see his overall production bump up to where his peripheral numbers have pointed. And, in AAA, not a moment too soon!

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  8. kevin z

    not sure if hitting the breaking ball better
    he sure is using right field a lot more not pulling it as much..
    want to see him play in MLB
    I like he has some speed ,can take a walk, play all OF spots.

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