3 Reds players with the most to lose down the stretch of the 2022 season

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
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2. Reds CF Nick Senzel has the most to lose down the stretch.

The Cincinnati Reds are not ready to give up on Nick Senzel. And with so few outfield prospects in the upper-levels of Cincinnati farm system, it's not like the organization has a promising young prospect ready to push the former first-round pick out of center field. But TJ Friedl sure could.

Friedl has been playing out of his mind recently, and it's a good bet that the University of Nevada product will find even more playing time in 2023. That increased playing time is likely to come at the expense of Senzel.

Will David Bell employ a lefty/ right platoon in center field of Friedl and Senzel in 2023? It's a very real possibility. There's also been whispers of Senzel becoming a super utility player and playing all over the diamond next season. Senzel is a former infielder, so it's not out of the question to think that the 27-year-old could start one game at third base and then another in center field.

But it's become apparent that Nick Senzel's time at the Cincinnati Reds everyday centerfielder may be coming to a close. Senzel has been healthier this season than in years passed, but has still missed significant time due to illness. A strong finish to the 2022 season could be necessary if Senzel wants to be part of the Reds lineup night in and night out in 2023.