“From my knowledge, I’ll be playing second base every single day.” From Nick Senzel’s mouth to your ears. We already knew that he would be playing second base for the Louisville Bats. But, a few weeks ago when he was sent to Minor League camp in spring training, there was the word “mostly” in front of the words “playing second base in Louisville”. Now, it’s possible that is still the case. However, it seems that from what he’s been informed of, Senzel is going to be spending his time exclusively at second.
Yesterday was media day in Louisville that was sponsored by MichaelKors.com and the local media was invited out (and to be perfectly fair, I was also invited out – but chose the shorter, and easier drive of going to Dayton’s media day) to meet and talk with the players. Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds top prospect spent just over eight minutes talking with the local reporters and had to answer a few good questions, and a few questions that shouldn’t have been asked because the answers should have already been known (such as he played second base in college).
The Louisville Bats twitter account posted the entire interview, because they are awesome. Give it a listen below:
Watch as @Reds top prospect @LilSenzii discusses his expectations heading in to the season and playing second base. pic.twitter.com/tDK6VSdW2k
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) April 4, 2018
Reds represented on Minor League Baseball’s best tools list
Baseball America released their list of the top tools among Minor Leaguers on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Reds had two players make the lists, and three others were mentioned as a guy who just missed. Nick Senzel was listed as the 4th best hitter in the Minor Leagues. Alfredo Rodriguez was mentioned as the 5th best defensive infielder in the Minor Leagues. They were the only Reds prospects to crack the top 5 of any list (they only go to five). Hunter Greene, Jose Siri, and Vladimir Gutierrez were named as guys that just missed in four categories. Siri just missed in two different ones.
Joel Bender suspended for 50 games
Left handed reliever Joel Bender was suspended for 50 games by Minor League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine. The 26-year-old left hander was assigned to the Pensacola team last. That means his suspension will begin when their season starts and he will be eligible to return to play once they have played 50 games this season.