Senzel and second-round pick Chris Okey, a catcher, got on an airplane in Montana on Thursday and flew to Minneapolis. They missed a couple of connecting flights to Dayton, finally landing in Vandalia a little after midnight.
The Reds signed Senzel to a contract topping $6 million, the kind of money that puts a player on the fast track.
“I can put as much pressure on myself as I want but that’s not going to help me any,” Senzel said. “There are a lot of expectations and a lot of people want me to get up there quick but it’s a process and the biggest thing is staying positive.”
Senzel shot up draft boards after earning MVP honors in the prestigious wood bat Cape Cod summer league a year ago. He followed that with a career year in Knoxville, and was considered one of the best hitters in the draft.
“I’m just trying to get used to the everyday grind of playing baseball,” Senzel said. “Anyone that’s ever played baseball dreams of playing in the big leagues and I’m excited to be able to do it in the Cincinnati Reds organization.”
Okey started behind the plate and went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice.