Nick Senzel played in an extended spring training game on Monday. As reported on twitter by all of the guys out in Los Angeles (C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer), Senzel played three innings in center field out in Goodyear. He also got two at-bats in the game. He’s expected to play five innings on Wednesday.
Mick Senzel played 3 innings in a game in CF today in Arizona and had 2 ABs. No issues. Will progress to 5 innings on Wednesday.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 15, 2019
Assuming there are no set backs, it seems like we could see Nick Senzel join the Louisville Bats soon.
Shard Munroe swinging a hot stick for Dayton
In 2018 Shard Munroe began his season with the Billings Mustangs and he hit the ball well in 28 games. With the Mustangs he hit .313/.387/.455 and got promoted to the Dayton Dragons for the final month. The outfielder struggled a bit, hitting just .192 in 32 games to end the season.
The native of the Bahamas is back in Dayton to start this season and he’s making last season a distant memory. Munroe has played in nine games for the Dragons and he’s currently hitting .370/.438/.556. He’s doubled once and he’s had two triples to go along with a steal and four walks.
Lucas Sims strikes out 10 for Louisville
Lucas Sims isn’t going to be found on any prospect lists these days. But it’s not because he doesn’t have real stuff. And it’s not because he’s not regarded well. Sims isn’t on any prospect lists simply because he has too many Major League innings to qualify as a prospect these days.
On Monday night in Louisville, Lucas Sims was showing why he’s still well regarded despite being in Triple-A. He racked up 10 strikeouts against Columbus and walked just one batter. That gives him 21 strikeouts on the season in 14.1 innings. He’s also walked 6 batters.
In the first inning he struck out two batters swinging. Both were on his breaking ball. He picked up his third strikeout in the next inning on a fastball at the knees on the outside corner that was watched. The next strikeout was also on a fastball at the knees that left Cameron Maybin walking back to the dugout wondering why he didn’t swing. In the fourth inning he got another strikeout swinging, this one on a fastball.
He got into trouble in the fifth inning after allowing a leadoff double, he gave up a single and then hit the third batter of the inning to load the bases. He got a ground out that brought in a run, then walked the next batter to load the bases once again. Sims buckled down there and struck out Jordan Luplow swinging at a fastball at the top of the zone. The next batter, Yu Chang, swung through a fastball at the knees to end the inning. In the sixth inning he picked up his ninth strikeout of the night when the leadoff batter took a fastball on the outside corner. His final strikeout of the night came to the next batter who swung over the top of a breaking ball.
In total Lucas Sims had 19 swings-and-misses in the game – the same amount he had in his previous start. In 2018 he didn’t have a single game with that many swings-and-misses. You have to go back to July 6th of 2017 for the last time he had that many.