Jon Heyman reported earlier today that the Cincinnati Reds were contemplating calling up their top prospect Nick Senzel.
Reds are contemplating promoting top prospect Nick Senzel to the majors and are expected to do so soon, possibly even when the team returns home Friday. Has adjusted nicely to CF. Big-time hitting talent who was No. 2 overall pick in 2016 draft.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 30, 2019
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com tweeted this out about an hour later. He also confirmed via a source that the move is happening.
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) April 30, 2019
Last night saw Nick Senzel homer for the first time this season, and go 3-6 with 4 runs scored for the Louisville Bats. It was hit 6th game of the season in Triple-A for the Reds center field prospect after returning from an ankle injury that he suffered late in the spring after being sent down to minor league camp.
There are a lot of reasons that the organization would call up Nick Senzel. He’s ready to play in the Major Leagues and help the team win right now. His bat has been ready since this point last season. Defensively, he moved to the outfield last offseason. During the spring manager David Bell said he was the best defender the team had in center field. Yet when he was sent down the front office was sure to note that it was because of his lack of playing time in the outfield. Apparently a week was enough to figure it out.
While it seemed pretty obvious to many that Nick Senzel should have been the option in center out of the spring, the job went to Scott Schebler. He hit the cover off of the ball during his time in Goodyear, but he’s also hit .135 with a .516 OPS since the season began. If there’s another option available to play center, it’s probably time to start considering that option. And for the Reds, that is Senzel.
The bench is currently constructed of Curt Casali at catcher, Phillip Ervin, Derek Dietrich, and Kyle Farmer. Casali isn’t going anywhere. Neither is Dietrich. That means that the options could come down to either Phillip Ervin, who would be a potential 5th outfielder off of the bench, Kyle Farmer who can play a little bit of everywhere, or Scott Schebler to be sent down to Louisville to make room on the 25-man roster for Nick Senzel.
With regards to the 40-man roster move, that one seems a bit simpler. Both Alex Blandino and Scooter Gennett are still injured. The timetable on Blandino being ready hasn’t been stated much. For Gennett it seems that he will certainly be out until at least June. Sliding him to the 60-day disabled list opens up a 40-man spot until he’s ready to return, and gives the team a spot for Senzel without needing to designate anyone for assignment.