When the Cincinnati Reds decide to give Nick Senzel his opportunity, the team must make room on the 40-man roster. Who is most likely to be sent down when Senzel is called up?
With the service time issue behind us, the Cincinnati Reds have no more excuses to keep Nick Senzel, the team’s top prospect, at Triple-A Louisville for much longer. When the Reds finally decide to give Senzel his opportunity in the big leagues, they’ll have to make room on the roster. Who is most likely to be sent down when Senzel is called up?
The rumors are swirling that Nick Senzel will soon be making his major league debut. Senzel has been working his way back from an ankle injury that he suffered during a spring game in Arizona and has been with Triple-A Louisville since April 23rd.
With Scott Schebler struggling mightily at the plate to begin the 2019 season, making the call to bring Senzel up to The Show should be a fairly easy. The Reds’ top prospect has been learning a new position and rather than play his normal position in the middle infield, the Reds want Senzel to play center field this season.
Despite a terrific Spring Training, Schebler has not been the answer for Cincinnati Reds in center field. The left-handed hitting Schebler is 11-for-74 (.135) with 26 strikeouts on the season. Jesse Winker, Phillip Ervin, and even Michael Lorenzen have all seen time center field as well, but none of those players seem to be the long-term solution at the position.
So, when Senzel gets the call, who’s going to get the bad news? The Reds will have to make a corresponding move to bring Senzel up to the majors and since he’s not yet on the 40-man roster, at least one, and possibly two moves will need to be made in order to promote Senzel. Let’s put together a few educated guesses about what the Reds might do.