NEW YORK -- As Reds top prospect Nick Senzel rises through the ranks of the organization, so too does his ranking around baseball. MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 rankings were revealed, and Senzel landed just outside of the top 10.Senzel, currently at Double-A Pensacola and the 2016 Draft's second overall selection,
NEW YORK -- As Reds top prospect Nick Senzel rises through the ranks of the organization, so too does his ranking around baseball. MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 rankings were revealed, and Senzel landed just outside of the top 10.
Senzel, currently at Double-A Pensacola and the 2016 Draft's second overall selection, is ranked No. 11, up from No. 26 before the season. He is one of five Reds prospects ranked in the Top 100.
"He is a really good example of what we're trying to do culturally throughout the organization in the Minor Leagues," said Jeff Graupe, Reds senior director of player development. "He's extremely competitive. Very often in the Minor Leagues, it's easy for each player to have a singular focus on themselves and try to do what they need to do to reach their goals. Nick is also a winner. He competes every single day. Two nights ago, he had a hustle double late in the game that put them up. It was a play where instinct took over. He's a great teammate that we're looking to have."
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In 28 games for Pensacola entering Tuesday, the third baseman was batting .321/.379/.481 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. At Class A Advanced Daytona, he batted .305/.371/.476 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 62 games. He also played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game earlier this month.
"It's one thing I've been proud of myself about at this level," Senzel said on July 6 about Double-A. "I've been taking some good at-bats against some good arms. As long as I'm seeing them well and taking good at-bats, I'm fine. It's very comforting to be taking some good at-bats."
It's unlikely Senzel will be a September callup this season, but he could be a factor in 2018 at some point. The Reds will have an interesting decision to make as Eugenio Suarez is a young player who's become very successful at third base. There has been no discussion yet about perhaps moving Senzel to second base.
"He hasn't been playing [third base] his whole life like some other guys," Graupe said. "In the past, he was productive at second base or shortstop. If he ever had to cross that path and be re-introduced to one of those positions, I'm sure his athleticism will let us do it. Third base is the position he's played the least, so we'll continue to focus there for now."
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
Also on the Top 100 list is 2017 No. 2 overall pick and pitcher Hunter Greene, who is ranked at No. 21 (No. 2 on the Reds' list). Greene, who was the top Draft prospect and able to throw 102 mph, has been assigned to Rookie level Billings but has yet to get into a game.
"The early returns have been really good. We're really excited," Graupe said.
Outfielder Taylor Trammell, the 35th overall pick in 2016, is the third-ranked Reds prospect and No. 80 overall. Trammell is with Class A Dayton. Right behind him at No. 81 is right-handed starting pitcher Luis Castillo, who made his seventh big league start of the season on Tuesday vs. the Yankees.
Another right-handed starter, Tyler Mahle at Triple-A Louisville, is ranked No. 90 on the list.
"It's really rewarding to see these guys climb the ladder, and I think -- top to bottom -- our depth has improved," Graupe said. "I think we have some high-end talent that continues to progress through the system. I'm really excited for what is to come."
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.