Nick Senzel, the Dayton Dragons third baseman was named as the top prospect that played in the Midwest League in 2016 by Baseball America.
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Nick Senzel second overall in 2016 and initially sent him to join the Billings Mustangs. He only spend 10 games in Montana and the Pioneer League before joining Dayton in July. He was inserted into the lineup at third base and never missed a beat, hitting .329/.415/.567 with 23 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 32 walks and 49 strikeouts in 251 plate appearances.
The scouting report provided at Baseball America talked about average to plus tools across the board, and you’ve got to have a subscription at their site to read it, but I will point out that there is a mistake in there. They note that he’s simply got average speed and that isn’t true. We heard that coming out of the draft, but in his time as a professional he consistently put up above-average to plus times from home to first base.
The Midwest League has 16 teams in it, and with that many teams it’s a tough league to make the Top 20 prospects list in. The Reds and Dragons only landed one player on the list, which isn’t terribly surprising given that they had the worst record in the league by an incredible margin (they had 12 fewer wins than anyone else in the league). Only two other players with the Dayton squad were guys I thought would possibly make the list when it was going to be released. Second round pick in 2016 Chris Okey, though his performance in the league was merely ok in his debut from a numbers standpoint, hitting .243/.323/.432 in 169 plate appearances (I’m not sure he qualified due to playing time to be honest). The other was second baseman Shed Long, who hit .281/.371/.457 in 94 games to go along with 16 steals in 19 tries before being promoted in late July to Daytona.