Senzel taken at No. 2
With the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday, the Reds selected third baseman Nick Senzel out of the Univ. of Tennessee.
Senzel, who turns 21 on June 29, batted .352/.456/.595 with eight home runs and 59 RBIs in 57 games this season for the Volunteers. He led the SEC conference with 25 doubles.
In 2015, Senzel was named the Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod League, the nation’s most prestigious summer wooden-bat league for college players.
“We’re really excited, this is the guy we wanted. He’s a very polished player, one of the better hitters, if not the best hitter, in the draft,” Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. “We think his power will improve the more he plays. He’s a complete player, runs, throws and plays his position well.”