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Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: NICK SENZEL INFIELDER/OUTFILEDER CINCINNATI REDS

And now for the do-over.  Such a setup exists for top Cincinnati Reds third base prospect Nick Senzel whose injury-marred 2018 campaign put a temporary halt on what was shaping up to be a charge to the major leagues.  Originally the second overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Senzel quickly showcased a five-tool approach at the dish that hinted at some potential blockbuster fantasy baseball production as he further developed.  Despite his extreme youth, Senzel was expected to be promoted to the Reds during the course of the 2018 season until a torn finger tendon scuttled those plans.  Now fully healthy as spring training begins, Senzel is already being talked up as being the team's starter centerfielder to begin the season according to manager David Bell. 

As a result of the optimistic news, Senzel shoots right near the top of the prospect lists for 2019 fantasy baseball and we again remind you that there is true five-category ability here which always plays very nicely in the fake game.  Prior to the finger injury last season, Senzel was putting up such production as he hit 6 home runs, stole 8 bases, and batted .310 in the 44 games he took part in at Triple-A before things took a turn for the worse.  Already having eligibility at third base, a move to the outfield will boost Senzel's versatility in terms of qualifying at more than one position and that goes very nicely with the offensive numbers.  While we always have to worry about the arbitration garbage each April for top prospects like Senzel, the fact he would have likely already been in the majors if not for getting hurt could very well remove this threat for him this spring. 

2019 PROJECTION: .288 15 HR 65 RBI 75 R 17 SB  


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