Cincinnati Reds reassign top prospect Senzel to minor league camp

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

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GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nick Senzel #79 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait at the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex on February 20, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds reassigned nine players, including top prospect Nick Senzel, to minor league camp on Friday.

Veteran pitchers Cody Reed and Sal Romano were also reassigned, as was outfielder Phillip Ervin.

Pitcher Lucas Sims, infielder/catcher Kyle Farmer, infielder Blake Trahan, catcher Juan Graterol and pitcher Ian Krol also were sent to minor league camp.

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Competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster at a new position (center field), Senzel, a former infielder, was having a strong spring at the plate (.308). Ervin also was a casualty of the Reds’ crowded outfield. He was cut despite hitting .341 with five home runs this spring.

The Reds open the regular season Thursday at home vs. the Pirates.

Senzel and Ervin were competing against veterans Scott Schebler, Jesse Winker and former Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

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