After an outstanding debut season in 2016, Nick Senzel packed his bags for Daytona to kick off 2017. Things got out to a quick start as he went 6-19 in the first four games. After that, it slowed down some. From April 10th through the 25th, the third baseman hit just .218 for the Tortugas. The month would end on a high note for Senzel, though, going 9-23 (.391) with four doubles in the final five games. The finish would lead to a respectable .278/.333/.402 line with seven walks and 20 strikeouts in 24 games.

That hot streak to end April carried into May. Over the first week of the month, Nick Senzel hit .429 with more walks than strikeouts. While the rest of the month wasn’t quite as good as that, it was a step forward from the previous month. In total he would hit .317/.378/.505 with Daytona. In those 26 games he walked nine times with 25 strikeouts to go with 14 extra-base hits.

The first three weeks of June couldn’t have gone much better for Nick Senzel. They would be his final three weeks in Daytona and he didn’t hold back in the pitcher friendly league. Over 12 games (the All-Star break fell in this time) he hit .333/.429/.563 with eight extra-base hits, seven walks and just nine strikeouts. Three days later he was in Chattanooga to play in Double-A with Pensacola. Things began slowly with the Blue Wahoos, hitting just .200 over the first eight games to end the month.

July couldn’t have gotten out to much of a better start. After getting hits in the final two games of June, Nick Senzel ran off another 14 straight games with a hit before his 16-game hitting streak came to an end on July 17th. He would hit .370 the rest of the month as he put up his best month of the year to that point. In 27 games he posted a .358/.414/.575 line for Pensacola.

Nick Senzel carried that hot bat into August to continue demoralizing Southern League pitchers. From the start of the month through the 24th he played in 22 games and hit .359/.451/.641 with six home runs, 13 walks and 13 strikeouts. Unfortunately, though, his season ended on August 24th. After singling in the first inning he was checked out by the trainer. He remained in the game, but after the inning didn’t take the field. Eventually he was shut down after being diagnosed with positional vertigo. It would cost him about two weeks of games to end the season.

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Nick Senzel Spray Chart

Nick Senzel Scouting Report

Hitting | He shows the ability to hit the ball to all fields and can do so with authority. His speed also allows him to leg out infield hits, which lets his above-average hit tool play up a notch.

Power | While he’s like most other hitters who have more pull-side power, Senzel can hit the ball out to all fields. He can drive the ball out to the right-center gap now. He hit 14 home runs along with 40 doubles in 2017 and there’s more power waiting to come out in the future.

Running | The most underrated part of his game. He’s an above-average to plus speed guy.

Arm | He shows an accurate, strong throwing arm at third base that would play fine anywhere on the field.

Defense | He shows good reactions and athleticism at third base where he can make all of the plays.

There’s some question looming right now as to where Nick Senzel will eventually play for the Reds. With the breakout year of Eugenio Suarez in the big leagues in 2017 at third there are a lot of options. If it’s going to be Senzel that moves to another position, he appears to have the ability to slide to second base or to either of the corner outfield spots if the organization does decide to test those waters. For now, though, he projects as a high-average, quality defender at third base with plenty of pop in his bat and a chance to steal 15-20 bases. While it’s likely that he begins the 2018 season in Triple-A Louisville, there’s a good chance he’s in the big leagues before midseason.


17 Responses

  1. Wes

    Has he been cleared from vertigo? I never saw anything following up. I have seen where it’s short term vertigo clears up real fast yet he was sat down for rest of year. If he had long term vertigo it will most likely cost him his career and he’d potentially be permanently disabled

    • Doug Gray

      I linked to the article for a reason. It diagnoses what he had. Recovery time is about 3 weeks.

      • redleggingfordayz

        I have personally had BPPV actually. It is definitely one of the more minor types of vertigo out there. This is normally resolved by performing the Epley maneuver (which you can lookup on YouTube if you are interested). Please don’t sit here and act like it is doomsday for a star prospect without looking up any information :).

      • wes

        thanks guys! Been a lil nervous bout this situation. Good news

  2. MK

    I don’t think vertigo is that common for young people. It can at times be a sign of aging. Just have to hope it is taken care of with exercises and it does not recur.

    • wes

      I sell life insurance and have seen it in older people but they usually suffered an accident (Can’t remember if Senzel was hit in head?). In that case, its been permanent from cases I’ve seen. Then I have seen where people go to like Colorado from around here and they suffer from vertigo do to shock from elevation change. That kind is usually temporary.

      Hopefully I am just being paranoid.

  3. Kap

    If Blandino or Herrera grab 2nd base and do not let go, then I can see Senzel being our right fielder with Winker in right and Schebler being more of a 4th outfielder/pitch hitter/ DH type with Duvall being traded (potentially). May be for the best honestly if it all played out like that

    • Doug Gray

      The only way one of those guys grabs second base and doesn’t let go is if the Reds just don’t give Senzel a chance to play second base. While I like some of the things that Blandino and Herrera could possibly bring to the table, Senzel doesn’t find another position for those kinds of guys.

      • Billy

        I agree with you, Doug. That said, wouldn’t we have said the same thing about Suarez at this time last year?

  4. Hoyce

    Doug- I know I’ve said this a few times and u don’t think it’ll ever happen
    But would u trade senzel to Braves for acuna?
    Reds have 2 3B and Braves have 2 CF. seems like if u move them off of those positions they lose value
    May need a little more than senzel for acuna. Something like senzel + Duvall for acuna +prospect.

    • Billy

      If you’re going to make a trade there, doesn’t it have to be a package centered around Inciarte for Suarez? There’s too much risk involved with moving top prospects for one another.

      • Hoyce

        Not disagreeing w inciarte for Suarez. Both have tremendous value imo. But I think Suarez may have slightly more.
        And I’m not sure why there is more risk trading prospects. Who’s the riskier player?? Never understood why gm’s were afraid to trade top prospects.

      • Billy

        Prospects are prospects for a reason. You aren’t guaranteed that even a great prospect is going to make it in MLB. That makes such a trade more risky. (Plus, information asymmetry matters. If a team is willing to trade a top prospect, the receiving team should be asking, “What do they know that I don’t?”)

        If you are a GM, and you trade Suarez for Inciarte, and Suarez becomes a star and Inciarte flops, you probably get a pass because no one would really see that happening. If you trade Senzel for Acuna, and Senzel becomes a star but Acuna flops, you got fleeced, and you’re out of a job. That’s a bigger risk for you as the GM.

  5. Hoyce

    So assuming u are the gm, u are afraid to make a trade because u are scared of getting fleeced? And losing ur job?? I don’t want that gm running my team.
    Maybe that’s part of the prob. Without taking a little risk, u lose that chance at reward. U may be the one doing the fleecing.

  6. Shamrock

    We already have a 27yr old Second Baseman who would have easily hit around .290 with 32hr and 100rbi+ (over a full season)……his name is Scooter Gennett and looks like he has that position secured for the next 4-5 years.

    Now that that’s out of the way, which of Suarez/Senzel will transition better over to shortstop?