Nick Senzel was named as the best defensive third baseman in Minor League Baseball by MLB Pipeline. Jim Callis released the list of the best defensive players at each position on Sunday night.

The Reds, like the other teams that were lucky enough to have a player make the list, only had one representative on the list. Here’s what the write up on Nick Senzel had to say:

He saw time at second base and shortstop at Tennessee and didn’t become an everyday third baseman until his junior season in 2016, when he was the No. 2 overall pick. Senzel is faster and more athletic than most players at the hot corner, where his hands and strong arm are also assets.

Having watched Nick Senzel play third base each of the last two seasons, if he’s not the best at third, he’s got to be among the group of guys that are. He’s capable of making all of the plays. Senzel’s got range to both sides, outstanding athleticism, and he can come in on anything. He’s good with the glove and he can make the bare-handed (not to be confused with the bear-handed) play.

Now, whether or not we get to see those skills at the Major League level is still an unknown. Heading into the 2018 season, Nick Senzel will be playing multiple positions. The Cincinnati Reds seem to be all-in on Eugenio Suarez at third base, at least for the 2018 season. He’s not a free agent until after the 2020 season. That leaves, at least for now, Senzel, looking for other spots to break into the lineup.

The main position for Nick Senzel to take a shot at is second base. He spent plenty of time there before sliding to third base as a junior at Tennessee. The position has plenty of other competition, both in the Minor Leagues and the Major Leagues. Scooter Gennett is coming off of a strong season in 2017. Dilson Herrera, a former top prospect is coming off of shoulder surgery and is a bit of a question mark. But, when he’s been healthy he’s hit just about everywhere he’s ever been, and he’s out of options, too. In the minors you have Alex Blandino and Shed Long in the upper levels. Below them there’s a slew of shortstops who could hit a log jam of their own. Some may simply outgrow the position and slide over to second.

Despite all of the other options, though, if Nick Senzel can do what the Reds seem to believe he’s capable of, it would appear he’s the best guy at the position in the long term. While it’s incredibly unlikely for contractual reasons that he’s on the team in March when the season begins, if he hits well for Louisville early on in the year, Senzel could find himself in the Major Leagues rather quickly in 2018.

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