3 players Reds fans can't trust heading into the 2022 season

Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas looks on.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas looks on. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (15) participates in base-running drills.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (15) participates in base-running drills. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

2. Nick Senzel, Reds outfielder

Nick Senzel's story has been well-documented. The former first-round pick has played 163 games over his first three seasons, and twice finished the year on the Injured List. Senzel has a boatload of talent, but that's not worth a hill of beans if he can't stay on the field.

Senzel has stated that his goal for the 2022 season is to play 140-150 games. While some fans may hear that and think that his goals sound relatively pedestrian, I'd argue that he's setting the bar a bit too high.

The most games Senzel has played in a single season was the 104 games he appeared in during his rookie campaign in 2019. Many fans will point to Senzel's position change from third base to center field as the reason he's been unable to remain healthy.

There's some merit to that argument, but at this point it's meaningless. Nick Senzel entered spring training this year with his best chance ever to be the Cincinnati Reds starting third baseman and, instead, the club is running him out once again as the team's starting centerfielder.

Senzel is of the mindset that if he can just stay on the field, the results will come and they'll be positive. I tend to agree wholeheartedly. I would like nothing more than to see Senzel play up to his potential and be that impact bat in the middle of the Reds lineup. But, until he prove that his injury issues are behind, Reds fans just can't trust Nick Senzel.