Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds top prospect, has been hitting the ball well over the past two weeks. Last night the infielder went 3-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored, and he drove in three runs. The home run ended a 13-pitch at-bat, and he missed absolutely zero percent of that baseball. Give the video below a watch:
If you’ve been around the site for a while, you’ve probably seen where I try to keep track of the home run distances. This one is going down in the books at 410 feet. Crushed.
For the season, Nick Senzel is hitting .261/.346/.406 for the Louisville Bats. The slump he had in the first week of the season is still holding down his line for the year. But, over his last 11 games he’s hitting .318/.412/.523 in 51 plate appearances.
Given that the Reds haven’t called him up yet, it’s my assumption that they aren’t going to do so until after he’s cleared the Super 2 date. That date is a moving date each year and depends on the service time of other 1st year players, but it’s almost always between May 20th and June 1st. I’d be surprised to see him prior to that given how the team is playing right now. As much as I hate the rule and how it screws players, for the Reds it just makes sense. In the long run that could save them $5-7M down the road.
Keury Mella starting out great in Pensacola
It was a bit surprising to me that Keury Mella began the year back in Pensacola in 2018. But, that’s where he began once again. This year has gotten out to about as good of a start as you could imagine for the 24-year-old right handed pitcher.
On Friday night he tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits, walked no one, and he struck out nine batters. That pushed his season line to 27.0 innings, 19 hits allowed, five walks, no home runs allowed, and 25 strikeouts. Oh yeah, his ERA sits at a cool 1.00 on the season. Opposing batters are hitting just .196 against him.