Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Nick Senzel

Nick Senzel, 3B/2B/OF?.  DOB:  6/29/1995.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 205 lbs.

2018 AAA:  .310/.378/.509, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 8 SB, 9.8 BB%, 20.2 K%, 193 PA.

Senzel was a #2 overall draft pick in 2016 as a college 3B.  He has progressed rapidly as expected.  He probably would have made his MLB debut last year but for a series of illnesses and injuries.  First there was vertigo(more on that later) then a fractured finger and finally a sore elbow that kept him out of the AFL.  He was diagnosed with bone spurs and had surgery.

The bat seems to be ready.  It's a high BA/OBP bat with gap power and moderate HR power.  The intriguing thing about Senzel is where he's going to play.  Scouts feel he has the speed and athleticism to play CF, very unusual for a college 3B, and the Reds now have an opening there.

The biggest risk with Senzel is health.  Vertigo tends to be a recurrent condition and bone spurs tend to grow back.  Whenever he debuts, he should be an immediate fantasy baseball asset.

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