Top Reds prospect to make season debut Tuesday for Louisville

Nick Senzel, of the Cincinnati Reds, poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex  on February 19, 2019 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Credit: Rob Tringali

caption arrowCaption
Nick Senzel, of the Cincinnati Reds, poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 19, 2019 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Credit: Rob Tringali

Credit: Rob Tringali

Nick Senzel gets a late start after spraining his ankle in March

Cincinnati Reds prospect Nick Senzel will make his 2019 debut Tuesday for the Triple-A Louisville Bats when they host the Durham Bulls.

Senzel suffered a sprained ankle injury in March after being sent down to minor-league camp. The Reds had reassigned him to minor league camp so he could continue to work on learning to play center field.

» RELATED: Hal McCoy on baseball superstitions

“He did everything he possibly could. He showed us he had the ability to play center field,” manager David Bell said at the time. “In the end we had to remember that he had never played a regular season game in the outfield. He will go to Triple A and continue the work. The good news is when he does come up … he will be that much more prepared. He’s close.”

Senzel, the No. 1 pick and the second overall selection in the 2016 draft, suffered a season-ending finger injury last June after hitting .310 with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 25 runs batted in and eight stolen bases in 44 games with the Bats.

About the Author