Nick Senzel homered twice for the Triple-A Louisville Bats on Thursday night. His first home run was a shot to dead center field on a fastball. His second home run came on a hanging breaking ball that he crushed into left-center. Senzel finished the game 2-4 with three runs batted in. Dating back to May 31st, a span of 19 games played, he’s hitting .380/.432/.608 with 12 extra-base hits.
While carrying an OPS over 1.000 in that stretch is impressive in it’s own right, that’s not the most impressive thing. Among those 19 games, Nick Senzel has reached base at least twice in 14 of those games.
The Cincinnati Reds don’t exactly have a place to play Nick Senzel in the Major Leagues right now. Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez are arguably the top performing players in all of Major League Baseball at their respective positions. As I’m sure you know if you are reading this particular website, Nick Senzel plays the positions that those two guys play and doesn’t really have experience anywhere else. It’s an unfortunate situation for Senzel, who has seemingly done everything within his power to show he’s ready for the Majors.
Josiah Gray shines in his pro debut
The Cincinnati Reds selected Josiah Gray in the competitive balance 2nd round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. The right-handed pitcher made his professional debut last night, and it barely could have gone better.
Gray took the mound for the Greeneville Reds and proceeded to strike out the side on 15 pitches in the 1st inning. The next inning began with the only hiccup of the outing, and it wasn’t one made by the 20-year-old. Gray induced a ground ball, but a fielding error allowed the runner to reach base. No big deal – he would pick him off later in the inning and also record his 4th strikeout of the game. The 3rd and final inning was perfect with his 5th strikeout of the day.
In total he would throw 39 pitches over his 3.0 innings of work and the only batter who reached base got on via an error. Not a bad way to begin your professional career.
Debby Santana homers for the Arizona League Reds
17-year-old Debby Santana homered last night for the Arizona League Reds. It’s fairly rare that someone that young is in the United States and playing baseball. It was the first time that a 17-year-old had homered in the US for the Reds since Jake Turnbull did so back in 2015. That home run also came for the Arizona League Reds. Prior to Turnbull you have to go all the way back to 2010 when Yorman Rodriguez did so (he also homered as a 16-year-old in 2009). A few players homered in their “age 17” season in the seasons between 2009 and now, but those home runs came after the player had turned 18. Just thought that was a cool stat.