Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds top prospect, left the game early on Thursday night with an apparent wrist/hand injury. In the bottom of the 1st inning he would single into left field. After reaching the trainer came out and spent about four minutes talking with him at the bag, checking out his left hand/wrist. Near the end of the conversation Senzel was laughing at something, hopefully a sign that it was nothing too serious, and he stayed in the game. However, when the Blue Wahoos returned to the field in the top of the 2nd inning he was replaced in the lineup.
For Nick Senzel, the single pushed his line with Double-A Pensacola to .340/.413/.560 in 57 games played. He’s put together one of the better seasons in recent memory among Cincinnati Reds prospects in 2017.
Update: Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that he was told it was not injury related.
I’ve been told it is not injury-related. Nothing to worry about. https://t.co/zsquBb1fBE
— Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) August 25, 2017
That tweet was sent out earlier tonight. I don’t doubt that he was told that, but when the trainer comes out and looks at a guy for 5 minutes, then that player leaves the game 2 minutes later, it would certainly suggest it was injury related. Hopefully all this means is that it isn’t something to be worried about – but the timeline of events certainly suggests he was removed from the game due to whatever the trainer was checking out in his hand/wrist area after his single.
As I said, I never doubted that Zach Buchanan was getting bad information, but I was able to confirm what he first reported that Nick Senzel is indeed fine.
Taylor Trammell continues a strong August
On Thursday night Taylor Trammell hit his 13th home run of the year, a 400+ foot home run that he crushed to right field. Take a look at this thing – he did not miss it.
It was just a continuation of what he’s been doing in the month of August where he’s taken his game to the next level. In 22 games played during the month he’s hitting .321/.432/.590 with four doubles, a triple and five home runs. That’s also come with 16 walks and 18 strikeouts.
For the entire season with the Dayton Dragons he’s up to .284/.369/.462. That’s after a rough start in April where he hit .222/.312/.309. Since May 1st he’s hit .297/.380/.495 in 442 plate appearances. He’s also stolen 38 bases this season. Taylor Trammell has had one of the more well rounded seasons in the organization this year.
James Vasquez is finishing strong
First baseman James Vasquez started out the 2017 season well. With Dayton he hit .250/.331/.433 between April and May. Things went south in June and July though (he was promoted to Daytona in mid-June). Between June 1st and August 6th he hit .223/.280/.285 over the span of 50 games played.
Since then he’s been firing on all cylinders for the Tortugas. In 16 games played he’s hit .339/.397/.627. In that span he’s walked as often as he’s struck out, just seven times each. He’s certainly seeing the baseball well right now.