Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds top prospect and #2 overall draft pick in 2016 will miss the rest of the 2017 season. He has been dealing with an illness that has kept him out of the lineup since August 25th for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
After singling on August 24th in the first inning, Nick Senzel was removed from the game when the second inning. The trainer had checked him out in that game after he reached first base, but Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported later that same evening that he was not removed from the game due to injury. I also spoke with the Reds who told me the same thing.
Speaking with a source earlier today, I’ve been told that Nick Senzel will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He’s been dealing with positional vertigo. Before getting into what that is exactly, I’ve been told that he will be fine. With that said, searching google for positional vertigo gives me this description:
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is triggered by certain changes in head position, such as tipping the head up or down. It’s rarely serious unless it increases the risk of falling.
People can experience dizziness, a spinning sensation (vertigo), lightheadedness, unsteadiness, loss of balance, and nausea.
The timeline is also listed as several days to a few weeks before it clears up. There are some treatments that can be performed, but as a non-doctor I’ll just suggest you google things if you’re interested in more information.
Looking back at Nick Senzel’s 2017 season
Despite the early end to the season for Nick Senzel, he performed about as well as could possibly be expected. In 62 games with the Daytona Tortugas the third baseman hit .305/.371/.476. The pitcher friendly Florida State League usually hampers offensive production, but it didn’t seem to hold Senzel back too much.
Perhaps the league did, though. Promoted to Double-A at midseason Nick Senzel went on to hit .340/.413/.560 for the Blue Wahoos in 57 games. Between his two stops he would hit .321/.391/.514 with 40 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. He would also steal 14 bases and walk 49 times with 97 strikeouts in 507 total plate appearances.