Could Nick Senzel follow Jonathan India's 2021 example during the 2nd-half of the 2022 season?

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel. / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

Ever since Jonathan India returned to the Cincinnati Reds lineup, Nick Senzel has gone from leadoff hitter to No. 8 on David Bell's lineup card. While most players might look at as a commentary on their skills, Senzel has thrived since being bumped down in the batting order.

We spoke about this a couple weeks ago when it became apparent that India would soon return from his hamstring injury. It was pure speculation, but it appears to be accurate; Senzel is excelling in the bottom-third of the batting order.

Senzel is hitting .500/.533/.571 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. as the No. 8 hitter in the Cincinnati lineup. The power that fans were hoping to see from Senzel has yet to emerge, but everything else seems to be clicking.

Nick Senzel has found a home hitting 8th in the Reds lineup.

The Cincinnati Reds desperately need Nick Senzel to develop into the player they had hoped he'd become after taking the University of Tennessee product with the second-overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

A position change prior to his major league debut and injuries have sidetracked Senzel's career, but the 27-year-old seems to finally becoming more comfortable with his approach at the plate.

Senzel still has just one home run on the season, but with the way he's been hitting of late, you have to assume that it won't be long before the centerfielder starts to heat up. Perhaps Nick Senzel will experience a Jonathan India-type of revival over the second-half of the season.

Last season, India was installed at the Cincinnati Reds leadoff hitter on June 5, 2021. In his first 45 games last season, India hit .254/.360/.396 and had just four round trippers. But, after being moved to the top of the Reds batting order, India went on a tear. He hit .274/.382/.480 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs. India's second-half surge is what secured him the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Could we see a similar jump in power for Nick Senzel over the second-half of the 2022 season? Senzel has already showcased his defensive prowess and his speed. If Senzel can continue to hit and hit for power, the Reds might have something special brewing in the outfiedl

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