The Cincinnati Reds are contemplating calling up top prospect Nick Senzel according to Jon Heyman. That’s not much of a surprise given that he’s been ready for the Major Leagues for a while now, and that their current center fielder is hitting .135 on the season. UPDATE: Jonathan Mayo is reporting that Nick Senzel will be called up for the home game in Cincinnati on Friday.
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) April 30, 2019
Of course, one of the reasons the team stated when they sent Nick Senzel to minor league camp in late March was that he needed to work on his defense. That, of course, comes despite the fact that manager David Bell called Senzel the best defender the team had in center field during the spring. And with a grand total of six games played for Louisville this season, the learning curve must be quite small. Or it’s all a way to allow the team to have manipulated his service time. Just like the way the Cubs did with Kris Bryant who also learned how to play defense in a week of Triple-A before being called up his rookie season.
Of course, the Cincinnati Reds have an upcoming home stand this weekend. Nick Senzel will sell some extra tickets if you call him up. And the Reds certainly could use some extra ticket sales. Excluding opening day, the Reds have averaged 12,333 tickets sold per home game this season. While I certainly don’t think the team would call him up to sell tickets like they did with Homer Bailey back in 2007, it doesn’t hurt. And assuming he does get called up this weekend, the ticket sales aspect is probably why he isn’t being called up today rather than on Friday.
Monday night saw the Louisville Bats beat up on the Toledo Mud Hens pitching staff. Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel got in on the action as he racked up three hits, including his first home run of the season, and score four runs.
As you can see in the video, he didn’t miss any of the baseball. After returning from the injured list, Nick Senzel had gotten a hit in each of his first five games. But he only had one hit in each game. On Monday night he racked up three of them to push his line on the season to .296/.345/.444. It also extended his hitting streak, dating back to last season, to 17 games with the Louisville Bats. In that stretch he’s hit .390/.420/.593 in 81 plate appearances.
Nick Senzel isn’t the only Bat that went off, though. Brian O’Grady is on an absolute tear for Louisville, and he just kept that going on Monday night. He went 4-6 with a double and a home run. The 26-year-old is now hitting an insane .365/.462/.692 through 15 games played with the Louisville Bats in 2019.
Tyler Stephenson, Luis Gonzalez provide some pop for Chattanooga
Tyler Stephenson had a nice day for the Chattanooga Lookouts, though the team didn’t have quite the same kind of day that the Bats did on Monday. The catching prospect went 2-4 with a long home run that hit high off of the scoreboard in Chattanooga. It was his second home run of the season and went an estimated 430 feet. When the day was over he was hitting .273/.344/.436 with 6 walks and 8 strikeouts through 16 games.
Infielder Luis Gonzalez got in on the action for the Lookouts, too. And he’s been getting in on it all season. The 24-year-old doubled twice on Monday afternoon for Chattanooga. He’s now hitting .326/.380/.478. Like Stephenson, he’s rarely struck out this season, with just 7 on the year to go along with 3 walks in 17 games played. He’s rocking a 6-game hitting streak, currently.
Also in Chattanooga yesterday, outfielder TJ Friedl was placed on the 7-day injured list with a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury after stealing second base on Sunday afternoon.