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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Watch: Kevin Pillar robs Nick Senzel with ridiculous catch

Kevin Pillar catch

Kevin Pillar showed off his incredible glove with a spectacular catch on Saturday that robbed rookie Nick Senzel of a hit, and potentially his first career home run.

Senzel, who was playing in his second career game, belted a 3-2 pitch to deep center off Dereck Rodriguez in the bottom of the third inning of Saturday’s San Francisco Giants-Cincinnati Reds game. Pillar got back to the fence with enough time to climb the wall. He then held himself up to make the catch.

Here’s another angle:

Pillar was up so high that he had to adjust his glove downwards to make the catch, and it’s unclear whether the ball would have hit the wall or gone over the fence for a home run. Either way, it was a sensational grab.

This is the latest in a long line of spectacular catches by Pillar, many of which we’ve cataloged in the past.

Report: Reds could call up top prospect Nick Senzel this week

The Cincinnati Reds made the controversial decision to have top prospect Nick Senzel begin the 2019 season in the minor leagues, but the former second overall draft pick appears to be getting close to making his MLB debut.

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Reds could promote Senzel as early as Friday, when they return home to face the San Francisco Giants following a seven-game road trip.

Senzel, 23, is an infielder by trade who competed for an outfield spot with the Red during spring training. He batted .308 in spring training and .310 with good power numbers in the minors last season, but Cincinnati chose not to make him part of the Opening Day roster. Senzel’s agent responded to that decision by unloading on the organization for manipulating Senzel’s service time.

Shortly after it was announced that he would begin the season in the minors, Senzel suffered an ankle injury that forced him to sit out several games. He has appeared in just six games at Triple-A this season and is hitting .296 with one home run and two RBI. He has a career average of .314 and OPS of .900 in the minors.

Reds’ Nick Senzel not blaming service time for losing outfield job

A day after his agent blamed service time manipulation for him not winning a roster spot, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel is refusing to take the same approach publicly.

On Saturday, Senzel simply credited teammate Scott Schebler for nailing down the team’s center field job, and wouldn’t go anywhere close to as far as his agent did.

Schebler hit .379 during spring, so keeping him on the roster is far from indefensible. Senzel wasn’t bad either, though, hitting .308.

Ultimately, Senzel’s agent has a lot more leeway to speak on this publicly than Senzel probably does, but he’ll probably earn points for his professionalism whether he feels it’s fair or not.

Nick Senzel’s agent rips Reds for sending star prospect to minors

Cincinnati Reds prospect Nick Senzel has had an impressive spring and appears to have done enough to earn a spot on the major league roster, but he was among a group of players that the team reassigned to minor league camp on Friday. His agent is furious about that.

After the Reds announced that Senzel will begin the season in Triple-A, his agent Joel Wolfe ripped the team in some comments to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Wolfe described the situation as “an egregious case of service-time manipulation.”

Senzel is a third baseman, but the Reds said they would give him every opportunity to win the starting center field job after they non-tendered Billy Hamilton this offseason. The 23-year-old has seemed comfortable in the outfield this spring and has batted .308 through 12 exhibition games.

Many believe Senzel is one of the 25 best players on the Reds roster, but keeping him in the minors for two weeks will prevent him from accruing a year of service time and keep him under team control for an additional season.

We’ve seen a similar situation unfold with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays, and the slugger has reportedly considered taking legal action against the organization.

Agent for top Reds prospect rips team for ‘egregious’ service time manipulation

A top Cincinnati Reds prospect will be starting the season in the minor leagues, and his agent is none too happy about that decision.

The Reds opted to send top-ten prospect Nick Senzel down to the minors despite hitting .308 in spring training and .310 with power at AAA last season. This was met with derision by his agent, Joel Wolfe, who issued a scathing statement critical of the Reds for their service time manipulation.

The concept of manipulation service time to gain an extra year of team control is not a new one, but people within the sport are beginning to call it out more and more. Expect it to be one of the central issues that players look to eliminate when CBA negotiations commence.