The Reds had the #2 overall pick in last night’s MLB Draft. It was the Reds highest draft pick since 1983. There was obviously a lot of pressure on the Reds to get this pick right. The consensus from most baseball writers was that the Reds made the right decision here. Obviously, we will not know the truth for years to come. This is basically a lottery ticket. Let’s just hope the Reds chose the right ticket.

Senzel

The Reds drafted 3B/INF Nick Senzel from the University of Tennessee with the #2 overall pick in the MLB Draft. Senzel hit .352/.456/.595 with 8 HR in his junior season with the Vols. Reports are that Senzel is a very polished college player, who hits for average and power. Senzel is a good defensive third baseman, who has also played second base. Senzel also has good speed, as he stole 25 bases this season for Tennessee.

Peter Gammons was asked during the MLB Network draft broadcast who he thought would be the fastest player to reach the MLB, and Gammons said Senzel. We’ve recently seen college hitters such as Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber from the Cubs reach the big leagues within two seasons. It wouldn’t be crazy to see Senzel reach the big leagues by 2018.

Here is more on Senzel:

Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans

Senzel was certainly seen as the best college hitter available.

At Tennessee, Senzel played all four infield positions, with most of his action this season coming at third base. Of the questions about Senzel, his ability to stick there has been one of the biggest.

His college coach, Dave Serrano, recently said he has no doubt Senzel could stick at third and even thinks he could start at shortstop.

The next step is for Senzel to get signed. Although he said he’s anxious to start his pro career, there’s also a matter of millions of dollars on the line. The slot pick for the No. 2 pick is $7.763 million. Senzel is represented by Scott Boras.

Fangraphs Jesse Burkhart

Listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Senzel has a muscular, pro build that looks about five to 10 pounds denser. He’s barrel-chested with broad shoulders and, in general, well developed and proportioned. Though he won’t get much stronger than he already is, you probably don’t want him to, either, as added mass would just limit his flexibility and medium-twitch athleticism.

Senzel has the tools to hit for both average and power thanks to his feel for the barrel, natural strength and advanced strike-zone awareness.

Hit: 60Raw Power: 55/60Game Power: 50Field: 40/45Throw: 55/55Run: 50/50FV: 55

Patrick Jeter will introduce Taylor Trammell, the #35 overall pick at 2:00 PM.

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. I’ll take 60 hit and 55/60 game power.

    If he’s going to reach the majors by early 2018 we have to hope the Reds don’t start him too low (Dayton is too low, IMO) or move him too slowly. That is, of course, assuming he actually hits at those levels! But I can’t imagine playing in the SEC is any easier than A ball.

    • If he signs quickly, I could see him starting out in Dayton with maybe a promotion later. With the new CBA, at least he has to sign by mid July so he will be somewhere this year (I refuse to think he won’t get signed.)

    • The Reds certainly don’t have much at 3B that would block his way. Although both Sparks and LaValley are at Daytona, but neither are likely to stand in the way of Senzel getting playing time.

    • While the Reds love to use AAA as minor league finishing school, many organizations are comfortable jumping prospects from AA to the majors. Welcome Mr. Senzel, please sign NOW. 🙂

  2. Welcome to Redleg Nation Nick Senzel. Have bat, will hit.

  3. This is certainly a welcome change in draft philopshy that we haven’t selected any arms yet.

  4. Good pick. We needed a batter who can get to the bigs sooner rather than later. Not too worried about the power. Just get on base.

  5. He’ll start in Billings, and then likely move to Dayton in late July/early August. Next year he’ll start in Daytona, unless he just obliterates spring training, then he could have an outside shot of starting in Pensacola, but that would be if everything goes right. I love the pick, he’ll be an excellent hitter in the 2 or 3 hole depending on his power. Either way, he’ll get on base quite a bit.

  6. Senzel signs for $6.2 million. Slot value was $7,762,900

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Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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