After undergoing season-ending surgery last season, Nick Senzel came into the 2019 season with fans hoping and expecting for the Red’s top prospect to begin the season with the big league club. A career .313 hitter with an OBP of nearly .400 in the minor leagues, Senzel has more than proved capable of making a real impact for the Reds. Yet, a week after being activated from the Injured List, Senzel remains in AAA Louisville. With Scott Schebler hitting so poorly, it is time for the Reds to make the call and bring up their highly touted prospect.
Scott Schebler is hitting for an astonishingly low average of .132, and only getting on base twenty-six percent of the time. He has yet to provide much of any power that the Reds rely on from him, considering he is not known for hitting for average. He has just 2 home runs and 5 RBIs on the season. The Reds came into this season with the mindset of competing, and keeping Senzel in the minors any longer while Schebler continues to be a net negative for the team (-0.5 WAR) makes no sense.
Top prospects all across baseball are being brought up to big league clubs and making substantial impacts for their respective teams. The Nationals just brought up Carter Kieboom, the number 34 prospect in baseball at just 21 years of age. Vlad Guerrero Jr. just debuted for the Blue Jays. It’s time for the Reds to follow suit and call up Nick Senzel.