One of the biggest stories of 2018 for the Cincinnati Reds figures to be the role of Nick Senzel.
Their top prospect had a strong season between advanced Single-A and Double-A last season, leaving some to wonder if the third baseman might even break camp with the big club next year.
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Reds general manager Dick Williams said during an appearance on the Reds Hot Stove League radio show last week he expects Senzel to start 2018 at Triple-A Louisville, but MLB.com reports he could be trying something new.
“This is a guy that played shortstop in college [at Tennessee], played third base in college, played second base as an amateur," Williams said of Senzel. "We think he's clearly athletic enough to go to left field or right field. He's got the bat to do it.”
Senzel’s bat should get him to the majors eventually, but where will he play?
Apparently all of those positions are on the table, but they all are blocked right now at the major-league level.
Eugenio Suarez is coming off a strong year at third while Scooter Gennett surprised at second base.
Adam Duvall has an All-Star selection under his belt as a left fielder while right fielder Scott Schebler clubbed 30 home runs last year, his first full season in the majors.
If Senzel’s trajectory continues upward, something will have to give in the next 12-18 months.
At least this is not a bad problem to have.