An update on Nick Senzel Doug Gray August 31, 2017 6 Comments Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds 1st round selection in the 2016 Draft, last played in a game a week ago. He singled in the 1st inning against Jackson and then was checked out by the trainer at first base before remaining in the game. He did, however, leave the game before taking the field the following inning. Senzel hasn’t played since. When asked by both myself and Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Reds stated that Nick Senzel was not removed due to injury and clarified that it was because he was sick. Given the amount of time, there was plenty of speculation among fans that the Reds weren’t being honest about the situation. There was even a crazy rumor floating around based on one guys reply to anyone asking about it (and it was not true, either). Earlier this afternoon Nick Senzel tweeted this out: Feeling better, think I’m closer to getting back in there…. thanks for the support from everyone — Nick Senzel (@LilSenzii) August 31, 2017 There still isn’t any word on what’s going on, though it’s not really any of our business, either. The good news is that Nick Senzel seems like he’s improving and moving in the right direction. The right handed hitting third baseman has played in 119 games this season between Daytona and Pensacola. In those 507 plate appearances he’s hit .321/.391/.514 with 40 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. He’s also stolen 14 bases along the way. Including the game tonight, Pensacola has five games remaining in the regular season. They will then have a day off on September 5th before starting a best-of-5 series in the opening round of the Southern League playoffs. Getting Nick Senzel back in their lineup would go a long way towards helping the offense make a run at a championship. 6 Responses The Duke September 1, 2017 Glad to hear he is feeling better. It’s that time of year for bugs to go around. Various members of my household have been out of commission over the past two weeks, myself included for part of that time. MK September 1, 2017 Sometimes it is forgotten that these guys are human beings with normal human maladies. Only thing not normal about them is their great athletic abilities. RedsinWashSt September 1, 2017 Great news hope he can make their playoffs. MK September 1, 2017 Wonder if the Reds are still on the hook for all of Brandon Phillips contract since he was traded again. If so is Atlanta getting the money or Anaheim. If Atlanta did not agree to pass it on then they did very well twice on dealing with him. Andy September 1, 2017 Good to here Senzel is feeling better. Doug mentioned in his post about Ervin that now would be a good time for the Reds to gather information about him by giving him more playing time. This year the Reds have done a poor job of this in general. Senzel is knocking down the door to AAA and should probably be in the majors by the middle of next year. He’s blocked by Suarez, our best young major leaguer, who has almost exclusively played 3B the last 2 years. Why not give Suarez more time at SS and 2B to build his versatility? Also, why has Winker been delayed so much this year? He’s blocked by Duvall who is again having a poor 2nd half this year. Now that Ervin is in the majors, why is Kivlehan getting any playing time (he started yesterday and 5 times in August – with Winker and/or Ervin available)? Why hasn’t the bullpen been used more creatively as promised by Price at the beginning of the year? The Reds should have spent more of this year gathering information on some of their developed prospects (they’ve done this to some extent with several pitchers), testing positional versatility of key players, and casting aside the closer-centric bullpen model. Doug Gray September 1, 2017 Winker’s blocked by Duvall because right now, Duvall is simply better. Same for Schebler.