Nick Senzel
23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cincinnati Reds AAA
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 this offseason to make it easier for the Reds to find at-bats for him this summer. 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.
Nearing return to full health
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
Elbow
December 4, 2018
Senzel (elbow) said he will resume baseball activities "in the next week or so," Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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The highly-touted prospect is nearing a return to full health after an injury-riddled year. After missing extended time during the 2018 season due to vertigo and later a fractured finger, Senzel underwent surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. He was recently cleared to begin lifting weights and is expected to begin swinging a bat by the end of December. Barring any setbacks, Senzel is expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training. The 23-year-old will compete for an Opening Day roster spot with Cincinnati after hitting .310/.378/.509 with six homers and eight steals in his first taste of Triple-A in 2018 (44 games with Triple-A Louisville).
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Nick Senzel
Minor League Barometer: That's A Wrap
September 12th
Jesse Siegel takes us through his Minor League Barometer one last time this season, highlighting the prospects that have improved or struggled the most in 2018.
The Z Files: Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Four
August 31st
Todd Zola completes his look at players and strategies that can move the needle over the final weeks of the season and wonders if Josh Donaldson will find himself in a new uniform.
Minor League Barometer: Notable Phenoms
August 30th
Jesse Siegel delivers his deep dive into the minors' most scintillating prospects heading into September call-up season.
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August 26th
Jan Levine analyzes the top free agents in the National League, including Wilmer Difo, who will take over at second base for the departed Daniel Murphy.
MLB Barometer: The Bigger Picture
August 23rd
Derek VanRIper is back with his Barometer this week, kicking off his risers section with Reds third basemen Eugenio Suarez, who's been spending time at shortstop recently.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Requires elbow surgery
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
Elbow
October 11, 2018
Senzel (finger) will need to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. He said that an expected timetable for his recovery is 4-to-6 weeks, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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To learn left field
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
Finger
September 14, 2018
Senzel (finger) will play left field in Cincinnati's instructional league, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Undergoes finger surgery
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Finger
June 28, 2018
Senzel (finger) underwent surgery to "reduce the fracture in his right index finger" Thursday.
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Out for season due to finger injury
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
Finger
June 23, 2018
Senzel will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger.
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Promotion not imminent
3BCincinnati Reds  AAA
June 15, 2018
The Reds don't appear to be close to calling up Senzel despite his recent tear at the plate at Triple-A Louisville, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "We just want to make sure he has a place to play," Reds general manager Nick Krall said on Friday. "He's been progressing well, and he's making good contact. We feel he's played well in Triple-A, especially since he's come back from the injury the past two weeks."
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