Reds rumors: Nick Senzel could debut for the Cincinnati Reds this week

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /
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The latest Reds rumors will be well received by fans. It looks as though the Cincinnati Reds are looking to promote their top prospect Nick Senzel to the majors this week.

Every Cincinnati Reds fan is hoping the latest Reds rumors involving the team’s top prospect are true. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Nick Senzel will likely be making his major league debut during the Reds’ next home series.

We’ve been waiting since Spring Training began to see when the Reds’ No. 1 prospect would make his big league debut. A lot of folks thought that Senzel had a chance to make the squad out of Spring Training, but the front office felt that he needed more seasoning in the minors as a center fielder.

Nick Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp towards the tail end of Spring Training. Just a few days later, Senzel injured his ankle in a spring game. Initial reports said the injury was severe and Reds Country feared the worst. However, Senzel recovered from the injury quickly and made his 2019 debut at Triple-A Louisville back on April 23rd.

Since making his 2019 debut with the Louisville Bats, Senzel has 8 hits in 6 games. He’s slashing .296/.345/.444 with a home run, a double, and 2 RBIs. No, those numbers won’t blow you away, but Senzel has hit safely in every game thus far, a far cry from the Cincinnati Reds’ current center fielder, Scott Schebler.

Even though Nick Senzel is more accustomed to playing the infield, when he is promoted to the 25-man roster, it’ll be to play center field. The Reds need an offensive boost at that position, as Schebler is hitting just .135 with 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats.

Phillip Ervin, who was called up after the injury to Matt Kemp, hasn’t produced very well either, however, he hasn’t had many opportunities. Ervin has just 1 hit in 8 at-bats with 4 strikeouts. That one hit came back in the Mexico Series when the Reds played the Cardinals in Monterrey, Mexico.

Senzel was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and is the top prospect in a loaded Reds’ farm system that includes Taylor Trammell, Jonathan India, and Hunter Greene. Senzel will be the first Top 30 prospect to make this debut this season.

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Nick Senzel is likely to make his debut later this week when the Cincinnati Reds return home to face the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park. Get your popcorn ready Reds fans, if the latest Reds rumors are true, we’ll be seeing Nick Senzel in the Queen City very soon.