Will the Marlins ruin Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the same way the Reds ruined Nick Senzel?
On Friday, the Miami Marlins finally emerged from their offseason slumber and made a huge trade with the Minnesota Twins. The Marlins traded starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and two prospects to the Twins in exchange for infielder Luis Arraez.
This feels like a overpay on the part of the Marlins, but that's a debate for another time. One of the odd revelations following this trade is that Miami plans to play Arraez at second base, which will push the electric Jazz Chisholm Jr. to center field.
Chisholm Jr., who ended last season on the Injured List with a back issue, has never played center field during his professional career. Fans of the Cincinnati Reds will surely find this move incredibly risky.
Will the Marlins ruin Jazz Chisholm in the same way the Reds ruined Nick Senzel?
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Nick Senzel out of the University of Tennessee with the second-overall pick in 2016. Senzel spent his entire college and minor league career on the infield dirt, but in an effort to get his bat into the lineup, the Reds made the decision prior to the 2019 season to switch the former first-round pick to center field.
Since his debut on May 3, 2019, Senzel has been a disappointment. Lauded for his level swing and on-base skills, Senzel has a career slash line of just .240/.303/.360. Last season, Senzel played in a career-high 110 games, but still hit just .231/.296/.306.
Senzel just settled on a one-year deal with the Reds for a little less than $2M next season, but it remains to be seen where the 27-year-old will line up defensively. There've been rumors about a return to the infield or a possible super-utility role in 2023.
The Miami Marlins are taking a calculated risk by moving their All-Star infielder, who suffered a season-ending injury, to the outfield. Many Reds fans will tell you that moving Nick Senzel to center field ruined what could have been a solid major league career. For the Marlins sake, let's hope the same is not true for Jazz Chishom Jr.