Cincinnati’s marking of Nick Castellanos to a four-year contract this week further developed the Reds’ outfield blend and opened up certain inquiries regarding a potential exchange of previous No. 2 by and large pick Nick Senzel. Leader of baseball activities Dick Williams, in any case, discouraged late bits of gossip that sprung up in regards to Senzel, telling Bobby Nightengale Cincinnati Enquirer that he expects Senzel to be on the Reds’ program come Opening Day.
“He’s an impact, young offensive player,” Williams said of Senzel. “They don’t come along very often. The flexibility he brings to the club, attitude he brings. At this point, we see him as very much a part of a winning, championship team here.”
That is not a firm assertion that Senzel is completely inaccessible — there’s a point where any group would move on basically any player — however these sorts of on-record remarks from top-level officials aren’t regularly strolled back, either. That Williams felt firmly enough to offer such an expression is unquestionably eminent and altogether hoses other associations’ expectations of handling a player that only a year prior was viewed as among baseball’s 10 best possibilities before damage abbreviated 2019 battle.
Abbreviated by wounds or not, there were a few positives for the 24-year-old Senzel in his introduction battle. They didn’t set the game on fire like some other vaunted possibilities have as of late, however hardly any small time players graduate to the Majors and hit the ground running at a full spring. Senzel hit .256/.315/.427 with twelve homers and 14 takes (in 19 attempts) through 414 excursions to the plate. For a player who had finger and elbow medical procedure in 2018 and struggled lower leg inconveniences the previous spring, it was a good first appearing, however the association (and Senzel himself) unquestionably trust there’s additional in the tank.
Maybe most reassuringly, Senzel appeared to take to focus field normally. The changed over third baseman was learning the position to a great extent on the fly — especially in the wake of missing the 2018 Arizona Fall League due to the previously mentioned elbow strategy — however posted acceptable stamps in Defensive Runs Saved (- 1), Ultimate Zone Rating (- 1.2) and Outs Above Average (0). For a place that was for the most part unfamiliar to him, Senzel apparently demonstrated that he has the physicality to deal with the spot — maybe even at a better than expected (or better) level once he acquires understanding.
Prominently, in spite of medical procedure that could put third baseman Eugenio Suarez on the harmed rundown to open the year, Williams again underlined that Senzel wouldn’t arrange at third base. Nor, it appears, will Senzel be viewed as an alternative at shortstop. The Reds haven’t made a marquee expansion there, yet Williams voiced trust in Freddy Galvis and a hesitance to have Senzel take a stab at the spot subsequent to experiencing shoulder medical procedure of his their late the previous summer. “That’s the most difficult throw on the diamond to make,” Williams said in a gesture to Senzel’s latest medical procedure.
For those keeping track of who’s winning, that is three medical procedures for Senzel in a little more than a year’s time, which will incite some to scrutinize the 24-year-old’s solidness. That, nonetheless, doesn’t give off an impression of being a generous worry for the Reds as of now, and the previously mentioned profundity the group has gives them a lot of choices if Senzel’s damage inconveniences proceed. Off-season marking Shogo Akiyama has for some time been a quality focus defender in Japan, and the Reds have Jesse Winker, Aristides Aquino, Phil Ervin, Travis Jankowski and Rule 5 pick Mark Payton as other outfield alternatives on the 40-man program.