Reds draft University of Tennessee 3rd baseman with 2nd overall pick

Reds draft University of Tennessee 3rd baseman with 2nd overall pick
Nick Senzel (PHOTO: MLB Network)
Nick Senzel (PHOTO: MLB Network)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Reds have selected University of Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel with the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB amateur draft.

Senzel, 21, is widely known as the most major league ready hitter in the draft, despite no eye-popping skills.

"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," Buckley said. "We think his power will improve the more he plays. He's a complete player, runs, throws and plays his position well."

The UT junior had a .352 average to go along with a .456 on-base percentage this season with the Volunteers.

"He combines strength and bat speed from the right side of the plate, and his patient all-fields approach should help him to hit for both average and power,"'s prospect site wrote. "Senzel exhibits average to solid speed and has the instincts to steal a few bases.

He was named the 2015 Most Outstanding Pro Prospect in the Cape Cod League. He led the league in runs (33), hits (56), doubles (16), RBIs (33), extra-base hits (21), total bases (86), slugging (.558) and OPS (.967).

"Today obviously felt like a long one. It felt like during each pick that four minutes going by felt like the longest four minutes of my life."

With their second pick of the night and the 35th pick overall, the Reds Thursday night took high school outfielder Taylor Trammell.

He's an 18-year-old that is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, from Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga. Trammell hit .463 with six home runs and 22 steals in his senior season.

And in the third and final pick of the day, the 43rd overall in the second round, the Reds took catcher Chris Okey from Clemson.

It's the second time in three years that the Reds have picked a Clemson catcher (Garrett Boulware is the other). Okey is the Tigers' highest pro pick since Tampa Bay Rays infielder Richie Shaffer was the No. 25 selection of the 2012 draft. Okey hit .339 and slugged 15 home runs in 2016. His 74 runs batted in rank third nationally.

The MLB Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10.

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