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3 potential replacements for injured Reds outfielder Nick Senzel

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Nick Senzel's 2022 season ended prematurely after the Cincinnati Reds outfielder suffered a broken toe in left foot after colliding with the center field wall on Tuesday night.

Senzel was able to play in 110 games this season; a career-high for the former first-round pick. But, despite the increased playing time, Senzel struggled to gain much traction at the plate. The 27-year-old had been making some adjustments to his batting stance that yielded some positive results over the past week.

But, with Senzel now out for the rest of the 2022 season, the Reds will need to find a suitable replacement. Which player, currently at Triple-A Louisville, is most likely to replace Nick Senzel on the Cincinnati Reds roster?

1. Outfielder Isiah Gilliam could replace Nick Senzel on the Reds roster.

The Cincinnati Reds could decide to select the contract of outfielder Isiah Gilliam. A former prospect within the New York Yankees organization, Gilliam has spent the past two months at Triple-A Louisville after playing the first-half of the 2022 season at Double-A Chattanooga.

There's a lot of swings and misses in Gilliam's game, but there's a lot of power as well. Gilliam has 18 home runs and 64 RBIs on the season, but also a strikeout-rate of 31.3%. The 26-year-old does, however, reach base at a 36% clip and has a walk-rate of 10.4% and a wRC+ of 126 according to FanGraphs.

Gilliam is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this offseason, so if there's a level of curiosity within the Cincinnati Reds organization, the front office could certainly give the former 20th-round pick an opportunity to prove himself at the big league level.

Since the calendar flipped to September, Isiah Gilliam has 12 hits, six of which have gone for extra bases. Another benefit Gilliam adds is the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. The Reds could do much worse than adding Gilliam to the 28-man roster for the final few weeks of the 2022 season.