5 most highly-anticipated Reds prospects in team history

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2. Nick Senzel was one of the Reds most anticipated prospects.

This name will be quite familiar to every Cincinnati Reds fan, as Nick Senzel is still a big part of the team in 2023. Senzel was the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. With such a high draft slot, the polished University of Tennessee product jumped straight to the head of the class in the Reds farm system.

The year after he was drafted, Senzel was in the same conversation as perennial All-Stars Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Aaron Judge. This praise came with good reason, as Senzel had just finished three years at the University of Tennessee and posted a slash line of .332/.426/.509.

The hype around Senzel would just continue to grow as he flew up the prospect rankings following his first season of professional baseball in 2017. The infielder began 2018 as MLB Pipeline's No. 7-ranked prospect.

Senzel lived up to the hype in 2018, hitting over .310 in High-A and Double-A combined.Senzel's success, plus the absence of longtime centerfielder Billy Hamilton, resulted in a change of position. Senzel was moved from third base to the outfield in an effort to get his bat to the big leagues.

At the time, Nick Senzel was blocked at third base by Eugenio Suarez who had just signed a contract extension. Senzel has battled injuries throughout both his minor league and major league careers, but the former first-round pick was one of the most highly-anticipated Reds prospects in recent memory.