Each Monday morning, we’ll ask a few of our authors and friends of the site to answer an important question concerning the Reds.
Question: How about that Nick Senzel?
Ashley Davis: Nick Senzel is going to be the next Joey Votto. Ok, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself. He’s played three games. But from what I’ve seen so far, similarities abound between him and Votto, starting with the fact that both players were 23 at the time of their debut. Don’t mind the people saying Senzel didn’t get as many minor league at-bats as players like Votto, Jay Bruce, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, or Fernando Tatis Jr. They forget that Senzel played in the SEC conference for three years before being drafted, while the others were drafted right out of high school.
Senzel is ready. It was evident in his plate discipline this weekend. He worked deep counts, drew walks, showed his opposite field power, and even made a couple nice catches in center field. It’s going to be a fun summer watching him play. He will struggle at times, because it’s baseball, but this weekend proved that he’s going to be in Cincinnati for a long time if he keeps doing what he’s doing.
Mary Beth Ellis: I am endlessly impressed with Nick Senzel for not constantly puking where he stood. That poor hombre had every conceivable form of recording device in his face all the way up I-71. His ability to not only retain his lunch, but to actually generate offense where his far more experienced teammates have failed for a month, makes him my new fixture of awe.
Doug Gray: How about Nick Senzel is right. I’ve written so many words about him over the last three years since he was drafted, so I’ll keep that part short: We all expect big things from him based on what his history has told us. And so far through the weekends games, there’s no reason to think differently. Sure, it’s just three games, but he’s shown a lot in that sample. He’s shown off his speed on the bases and in the field. He’s shown power, hitting an opposite field homer and then being robbed of another one to dead center. The plate discipline has been quite strong and he works the counts well. He’s just the kind of hitter the lineup needs and he’s not going anywhere for a while. I’ve been ready for the Senzel era to begin for quite a while here in Cincinnati. It’s great that it’s finally here. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Wes Jenkins: Nick Senzel…I mean just what is there to say? He’s no Vlad Jr. that’s for sure. That fraudulent King in the North has only hit .192 with a .231 slugging? What kind of top prospect hits like that? This kid, Nick Senzel, he’s the real deal. Already slugging .625 with a .455 on-base percentage, and those could’ve been better if Kevin Pillar had just tripped or mistimed the robbery or generally not been bitten by a radioactive spider. No matter, our prospect, the true king prospect, has put Vlad Jr. to shame. Sure, he didn’t hit the four consecutive home run even though he could have yesterday, but not all of us can be Derek Dietrich.