After the trade deadline, Nick Senzel spoke with reporters about his diminished role on this year's Cincinnati Reds team.
According to MLB.com, Senzel never requested a trade, but did speak with manager David Bell and GM Nick Krall about his desire to receive more playing time.
Senzel may well get his wish after Saturday's announcement that Jake Fraley was placed on the 10-day IL with a stress fracture. Fraley will likely miss several weeks of action.
Nick Senzel will get his wish after Fraley heads to the IL.
On the season Jake Fraley has been one of the team's hottest bats. Fraley was hiting .263/.364/.467 and had 20 stolen bases before landing on the IL. This was accompanied by a career-high in both home runs (15) and RBIs (63).
Nick Senzel has had a very odd career. The second overall pick in 2016, Senzel injuries have kept Senzel's career stuck in neutral. Although he can play all over the diamond, including all three outfield spots, Senzel's best defensive position is arguably third base.
Though others like Spencer Steer and Elly De La Cruz can also play third base, with both Fraley and Jonathan India on the IL at the moment, Senzel may see more starts at the hot corner. In fact, he's played third base in five of his last six games.
Senzel has also been hitting left-handers very well this season. With a .903 OPS against southpaws, Senzel is in the lineup on a regular basis when a left-hander is on the mound. But he'll probably see a fair amount of start against right-handers as well if Fraley is out for an extended period of time.
While the Cincinnati Reds will offer some measure of playing time to Stuart Fairchild and T.J. Hopkins, Nick Senzel will be the greatest benefactor from Jake Fraley's absence. Let's see if he can produce.