Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel had a big night in Pensacola on Friday. The #2 overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft has hit well all year, but Friday night may have been his best of the season. The third baseman went 4-4 with a triple and a home run for the Blue Wahoos.
The four hits on the night pushed his line to .331/.386/.521 in 132 plate appearances with Pensacola. For the year between both Daytona and Pensacola he’s now hitting .313/.376/.490 with 35 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. Nick Senzel has been on an absolute tear in the month of July. In 24 games played he’s hit .365/.413/.594 with eight doubles, a triple and four home runs. In those 104 plate appearances he’s walked eight times and struck out 18 times while driving in 14 runs.
Jose Lopez keeps on rolling
On July 1st Jose Lopez struggled against Montgomery, giving up six earned in 4.1 innigngs with five walks and six strikeouts. In the five starts since then he’s been very, very good. Last night he threw 7.0 innings of 1-run baseball with two walks and five strikeouts. That pushed his five game stretch to 32.0 innings with six walks and 31 strikeouts. That’s also come along with an ERA of 1.41 and just 16 hits allowed.
The 23-year-old has split time this year between Daytona and Pensacola and he’s had tons of success at both stops. With the Tortugas, Jose Lopez posted a 2.84 ERA in 50.2 innings with 14 walks and 48 strikeouts. Since joining the Blue Wahoos his ERA is 2.95 in 61.0 innings with 25 walks and 61 strikeouts. That’s good for a 2.90 ERA between the two stops in 111.2 innings with just 39 walks and 109 strikeouts.
Jose Siri’s hit streak reaches 33
On Friday night Jose Siri only had one hit, a double, in five at-bats. That double, however, was good enough to extend his hitting streak to 33 games for the Dayton Dragons. That puts the center fielder all alone in second place on the Midwest League all-time list. The record for the league is 35 games set back in 1977.