Baseball America has released their International League Top 20 Prospects list for the 2018 season. Unlike the team rankings and the Top 100 rankings, players who began the year with prospect eligibility are on this list. Even if they have since graduated from prospect status.

Nick Senzel was the only Bat to make the list. The Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick from 2016 came in at number six on the list. He only played in 44 games this season. He missed some time early in the season as he had a bout of vertigo. Then he would later injure his finger that would cost him the second half of the season. He’s back on the field in Goodyear for instructional league, which is happening right now.

With the Bats this season, Nick Senzel hit .310/.378/.509. He had 12 doubles, 2 triples, and he had 6 home runs. He also stole 8 bases in 10 attempts during the year. His game is very well rounded and doesn’t show a weakness. Looking forward, the issue is more about where he will play. That’s not a knock on his defensive abilities. As noted yesterday, he grades out very well defensively. The issue is that the positions he plays are played by All-Stars for the Cincinnati Reds currently. Senzel is currently working on playing the outfield in instructional league. The plan seems to be in the short term to perhaps play him all around the field to get his bat into the lineup. Long term things still seem to be up in the air.

The other Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats didn’t have a strong year as a whole. They finished the year at 61-76. They were outscored 627-576 on the season. There were a few strong performances among the team, though. Brandon Dixon and Brian O’Grady both posted an OPS over .900 for the Bats. Both, however, played under 50 games with Louisville. Phillip Ervin played in 48 games and hit .289/.373/.491 on the year. Gabriel Guerrero played in 104 games, and was the only Bat to play more than 50 games to top an .800 OPS. He hit .292/.326/.475 with Louisville after being promoted early in the year from Pensacola.

On the mound several guys found success, too. Robert Stephenson led the organization in ERA among starters, posting a 2.87 ERA in 113.0 innings pitched with 135 strikeouts. In the bullpen Tanner Rainey and Kevin Quackenbush posted ERA’s of 2.65 and 2.68 on the year in 51.0 and 47.0 total innings.

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