3 players who could replace Nick Senzel if the Reds centerfielder lands on the IL

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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3. The Reds could replace Nick Senzel with Isiah Gilliam.

If the Cincinnati Reds feel the need to replace Nick Senzel with a right-handed hitting outfielder, perhaps Isiah Gilliam will get his first opportunity in the major leagues. A former draft pick of the New York Yankees back in 2015, Gilliam has performed well in the minors this season.

Seeing as how Gilliam is not as highly-touted as player like Spencer Steer, the concerns about service time would not be present. However, the team would still need to select him contract from Triple-A Louisville, which would require a player to be removed from the 40-man roster.

Max Schrock is another name to watch today. Both he and Mike Moustakas may be out for the rest of the 2022 season. Schrock has been plagued by injuries all season, and just when it looked as though the utility player wasa ready to rejoin the club, he suffered a knee injury that's kept him out of action for the month of August. Schrock could be headed to the 60-day IL to make room on the roster.

Isiah Gilliam has hit .282/.366/.508 during his stops at both Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this season. In his 33 games with the Louisville Bats, Gilliam is hitting .267/.340/.489 with a wRC+ of 118 according to FanGraphs.

The Cincinnati Reds outfield is beginning to get a bit crowded with the recent stellar play of the likes of TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley. Stuart Fairchild has shown some power of late and Aristides Aquino continues to cut down runners at the plate. The recent success of those outfielder was a big reason why the Reds decided to explore moving Nick Senzel into a super utility role.

The outfield may be overflowing with potential at the moment, but none of those mentioned have shown an ability to secure an everyday spot in the lineup. If Isiah Gilliam gets the call, he's going to need to prove his worth and do so quickly.