The Cincinnati Reds have selected Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel with the second overall pick in the MLB Draft. The junior just completed a stellar season for the Volunteers, batting .352 with 59 RBIs and eight home runs.
He earned second team All-SEC honors and all-SEC defensive team honors this year. Senzel is one of the most seasoned and prepared players at the top of the draft.
“In a draft with a lot of uncertainty, Senzel (like Moniak) has one of the highest floors,” Jim Callis of MLB.com wrote in analyzing the pick. “He’s arguably the best pure hitter in college baseball, and there is more power in there. He has proven he can play third base and he should be a solid regular in the big leagues very quickly.”
Senzel became the highest drafted player in Tennessee history. He was also the MVP of the Cape Cod collegiate summer league this past summer.