The Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel is ready to play baseball.  A blonde woman scampers past him.  She wears a scarf on her head and glances at Senzel.  Because he’s interested, and not at all a creeper, he follows her to the San Francisco Bay, where she dips her foot in the water.  She turns her head and it’s revealed it’s not a blonde woman at all, but it’s the rapper Sisqo.  AHHHHH!!!

So, Senzel has had to deal with vertigo more times than Jimmy Stewart without the love of his dog, Beau.  Senzel missed time in 2017, then again this year.  I’d say this is a big warning sign, but it’s more of a spinning, spiral sign.  Can imagine Nick Senzel when he walks past a store with a person outside spinning a sign?  Dude must straight lose it.  “Everywhere I go, it’s like I’m outside a Subway sandwich shop and someone is spinning a sign.  I don’t know why I see people dressed as submarine sandwiches everywhere too.  That is weird.”  That’s Senzel talking to his therapist.  This dizziness that Senzel is suffering from for two years is a bit more worrisome than, say, a broken hand.  One just heals, the other is more obtuse.  Unfortunately, he’s got some of those non-obtuse injuries too. The hits (to his health, and not off his bat) keep piling up.  He’s currently rehabbing surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, but this is supposedly minor and he’ll be fine in time for Spring Training.  Never heard that before!  Anyway, what can we expect from Nick Senzel in 2019 fantasy baseball?

I spent an exorbitant amount of time on Senzel’s vertigo, because it does have me concerned and will be the difference between him seeing 350 ABs in the majors and less than 150.  If the Reds don’t promote him by at the latest mid-June, then it’s due to vertigo or them just being dumb.  Senzel is already 23 years old, and has nothing to prove still in the minors.  Last year, in a shortened year (171 ABs) in Triple-A, he went 6/8/.310.  Pretty much what he does every year in the minors — decent pop, some speed and great average.  Not overly thrilled with his strikeout rate over 20% last year in Triple-A, but when the room is spinning and you’re not even in a room, things do spiral downward.  Reds really do need to turn the page, and not just like that dictionary page.  They need to start looking at the future, and Senzel has worked out in the outfield, and at just about every infield spot except 1st, which is Voccupied anyway.  Whether it’s the Reds move Scooter to outfield and play Senzel at 2nd or Eugenio to short, Peraza to 2nd and Senzel to 3rd or Senzel to the outfield or something else entirely, they need to figure it out.  Also, those names may not jump off the page, but I like all of them and the Reds’ offense shouldn’t be a pushover with a legit chance of Senzel being their two-hole hitter.  There’s been comparisons of Senzel to a young David Wright, or David “When He Was” Wright.  Could see it; he just needs to stop chasing random blondes towards large bodies of water.  For 2019, I’ll give Nick Senzel the projections of 51/13/56/.291/10 in 384 ABs with a chance for more if the Reds commit to him in March and a full bill of health.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, some would say even Senzational!

    a. Completely scared away from Senzel. Even more scared than when I was in an RCL that had one of Rudy’s bots in it. There is no way any human can beat any of Rudy’s bots anywhere. Maybe not even more scared, but scared nevertheless. He’s all yours.

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for November 8

    Steam boat a-comin’! And the scene changes. The town drunkard stirs, the clerks wake up, every house and store pores out a human contribution. And all in the twinkling of the dead town is alive and moving.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. How have we not pitted Rudy vs. the bot? This could be the last thing that the world sees before the fantapocalypse

      B. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks, man.

        My son and I today had a contest. Who could go the longest without looking at or using screens! We agreed to both look at the 2 hour mark. Man, we are really in trouble if the power goes off in this world.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And…who won?

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Neither…nor. My wife went to work so it fell apart becoming a moot point.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, was your wife the umpire?

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                More or less. It’s been the title of our sex tape over the last 3 years.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And she constantly calls you out?

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!

                    Ha? It fell apart and it’s a moot point.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, I hear ya

  2. gobiggreen says:
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    Snuck Suarez past everyone in my leagues this past year. Would love him to move over to SS and grab that eligibility in my keeper leagues. Would have been SS7 in 2018

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, would be nice for this year

  3. Harley Earl says:
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    This guy scares the begeezus out of me.

    No way I risk even a middle round pick on him. Let someone else take the risk. He’s got Nick Esasky (remember him!!??!!) written all over him. No thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubt you need a middle round pick for him… Feels like a flyer in the last round

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, agree. That’s what he feels like to me too. I know guys that love prospects though and they’ll overshoot to get the next Vlady Jr.
        Pass!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true, people can’t keep their greedy little paws off upside

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: Haha! Yep!

            Don’t you mean “grubby paws”? Haha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, Grubby-greedy, tomato-tomahto

  4. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Grey. I’m ready for your projections/positional rankings now, please and thank you! :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, on it, Squat Cobblers!

  5. Dubs23 says:
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    Random but thoughts on Snell and Eloy for Soto and Puk. 12 Team 6×6 keeper league. Eloy would be a free keeper. Snell is a 6c contract and Soto is a 2b contract.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell side, easily

  6. Dave D says:
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    Grey, I nearly vomited while reading this most and it had nothing to do with your fine prose.

    You see, I wasted a 25th round draft pick on this chump last year in my DC league. How many things can beleaguer a guy before your radar goes off on a guy and tells you to forget “potential” and move on to the next potential winning lotto number.

    I know Greinke had some social anxiety/panic attacks early on. Seems like he found a good therapist. The problem for Senzel is both mind and body. No thanks. I’ll pass in 2019 and see how he does from the sidelines.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, there’s a real chill on Senzel now due to health, and mind, but he’s not that old and maybe can shake it all

  7. Juan says:
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    Gray,
    Thoughts on this deal – trade Moncada Trea 4 Gallo and Nola or Cole or Sherzer.
    12 team, 10 player keeper league. H2H.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trea

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