Nick Senzel
Nick Senzel
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
7-Day IL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/27/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Senzel has hit at least .305, notched an ISO of at least .171 and a wRC+ of at least 147 in every full-season league he's played in while never striking out more than 20.2% of the time. He exhibits five-category potential, stealing eight bases on 10 attempts in 44 games last year and grading out as an above-average runner. Unfortunately, vertigo was an issue for the second straight season -- he missed the final week of 2017 with the condition and it cost him most of May last year. He also missed the final two months of 2018 with a broken right index finger. There is little precedent for the vertigo issue, and it adds a small layer of risk to what would otherwise seem like a risk-free profile. Defensively, Senzel can play second base and third base, but worked in left field during instructs and may eventually debut in center field, given the Reds' offseason moves. He could retain multi-position eligibility in a handful of his early big-league seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in June of 2016 that includes a $6.2 million signing bonus.
Playing at extended spring training
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 15, 2019
Senzel (ankle) played three innings in center field during an extended spring training game Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Senzel also recorded two at-bats and reported no issues afterwards. The 23-year-old is scheduled to play five innings in another extended spring game Wednesday as he continues to build back up to full strength. While he remains without a timetable for his return, Senzel is certainly trending in the right direction.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A five-tool third baseman, Senzel has separated himself from the rest of the hitting prospects who went in the first round of the 2016 draft. His above-average speed makes him unique among corner-infield prospects, and in the second half of last year he started to tap into his plus raw power. Senzel hit 11 professional home runs in 130 pro games before being promoted to the Southern League, where he hit 10 long balls in just 57 games and led the league with a 184 wRC+, despite playing his home games in the pitcher-friendly ballpark in Pensacola. His season came to an odd conclusion when he was shut down in late August with symptoms of vertigo -- a condition worth tracking as spring training begins. Assuming everything checks out OK on the health front, he should begin the year at Triple-A Louisville and enter the big-league lineup as soon as the Reds find a way to make room for him at third base, which may prove difficult, given how well their infielders performed in 2017.
Cincinnati continued the trend of teams taking advanced college hitters early in the draft over top arms, selecting Senzel with the second overall pick in June. He quickly established himself as the class of the farm system, posting a .982 OPS with Low-A Dayton. His excellent approach and plate skills were on full display, with Senzel managing a 12.9 percent walk rate and a sub-20 percent strikeout rate while hitting for notable power in a spacious home park. In fact, Senzel finished third on the team in home runs despite playing only 58 games. He also runs well for his size, and could offer 10-20 steals annually in his first couple years in the big leagues. With a well-rounded skill set, Senzel could rise quickly through the Reds' system, perhaps reaching the upper levels before the end of 2017. He's already a top-30 prospect for fantasy purposes and may be in the top-10 discussion by season's end.
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Nearing action in spring games
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 14, 2019
President of baseball operation Dick Williams said Sunday that Senzel (ankle) could play in extended spring training games by midweek, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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Game action not imminent
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 11, 2019
Manager David Bell said Thursday that Senzel's (ankle) progress in his recovery has been encouraging, but the skipper noted the 23-year-old is at least a couple of weeks away from playing games at any level, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Resumes baseball activities
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 11, 2019
Senzel (ankle) has resumed baseball activities, though he's still a decent distance away from playing in games, Mark Sheldon of reports. "Nick has been throwing long toss, has begun running on the field, hitting off a tee, completing lower body lifts and is working on change of direction in the pool," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said on Wednesday. "We anticipate live at-bats [Thursday]. We are pleased with the progress."
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Sheds walking boot
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 8, 2019
Senzel (ankle) has ditched his walking boot and is expected to resume light running Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Sidelined with ankle sprain
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 26, 2019
Senzel will be in a walking boot for a week or two after spraining his right ankle in a minor-league game Monday.
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