Reds need Nick Senzel to come through more than past hyped prospects

  • Baseball null 夜网论坛 Cincinnati outfielder Nick Senzel, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 Draft, makes his debut for the Reds on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants.  Senzel, who hit .310 at Triple-A Louisville last season, had eight games at the level this season before the call-up. It comes at the right time. The Reds need him now — and they are going to need even more in the future from one of their top prospects.   MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNAs far as Cincinnati debuts go, it's on the level of Homer Bailey, the 2004 first-round pick who made his debut on June 8, 2007 with the same level of fan-fare. It's in the range of Jay Bruce, a 2005 first-round pick who received a standing ovation at the Great American Ball Park before his first at-bat on May 27, 2008.  Bruce and Bailey went on to become key pieces on Reds playoff teams in 2010, 2012 and 2013. That's the long-term hope for Senzel, and Cincinnati needs him to come through in more ways than one.  The pressure won't be as pronounced this season. Cincinnati is in last in the NL Central (13-18), and aside from Jesse Winker, the team's outfield options have struggled at the plate.  Yasiel Puig, the high-profile pickup in the offseason, is hitting .178 with 30 strikeouts in 107 at-bats. Scott Schebler is hitting .127. Matt Kemp is on the IL. [......]