Nick Senzel, Reds outfielder
As Reds spring training gets underway, Nick Senzel may come with more questions than answers. Is the former first-round pick really the answer in center field? Should the Reds move Senzel to back to the infield? Will the former Tennessee Volunteer be healthy in 2021? This is what amounts to a make-or-break season for Nick Senzel.
I’ve not been shy in my adulation for Senzel, but he has to prove that he can stay healthy. Regardless of the immense talent this young man has, none of it matters if he can’t stay on the field. I believe for the Reds to have a successful 2021 campaign, Senzel’s presence in the lineup is crucial.
When Senzel is in the lineup consistently, he’s a difference maker. Before his swing change and eventual shutdown in 2019, Senzel slashed .285/.346/.475 in his first 70 games with the Reds. Out of the gates last season, Senzel was one of the hottest bats on the team. After going 0-for-7 to start the year, Senzel hit .289/.364/.579 before landing on the injured list.
For Nick Senzel to be an effective piece of the Cincinnati Reds lineup, it boils down to one thing; staying healthy. During his young career, Senzel has never been counted on to be a key piece of the Reds lineup, but that could change in 2021.
Without any significant additions this winter, Cincinnati’s front office is banking on players like Tyler Stephenson and Nick Senzel to bring a unique dynamic to the Reds offense in 2021. If Senzel stays healthy, the production will come.