The Cincinnati Reds have selected Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel with the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. The organization has been linked to him since mid-April and things got heavy this afternoon with nearly all of the big draft experts being on board that the team would select Senzel.

Let’s take a look at the stats for Nick Senzel in his three years while at Tennessee.

2014 181 12 2 1 14 30 25 .315 .419 .420
2015 200 12 5 4 7 23 36 .325 .399 .495
2016 210 25 1 8 25 40 21 .352 .456 .595

He was productive in each season, but he improved each season as well. His junior year saw him finish among the SEC leaders in nearly every offensive category.

Nick Senzel Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 205 lbs | Born: June 25, 1995 | B/T: R/R

The biggest selling point on the scouting report for Nick Senzel is his hit-tool, which ranks out as plus. He makes hard, consistent contact and can use the entire field. That tool may even play up some because he has a strong understanding of the strikezone and when the ball is in the zone, he doesn’t tend to miss.

When it comes to power, this is where things get more interesting. Currently Senzel has fringe-average home run power, but some scouts see him developing above-average power in the future. He’s got excellent bat speed and strength, but currently doesn’t have a ton of loft. Many believe that will come with time. On the bases he’s an average to slightly above-average speed guy, but he’s a strong base runner. Don’t expect a bunch of steals, but early in his career he could reach double digits and should provide some value on the bases.

Defensively he had some questions entering the season, though mostly those came because he had hardly any experience at third base and was making the transition there from second. As the season moved along those concerns dried up as he showed plenty of range and arm strength that should allow him to be a quality defender at the position.

He’s the safest pick in the draft and has a high floor to work with. He also has a very high ceiling to work with, particularly if his power fully develops.

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