The 2016 season may not have been ideal for Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel but his college career ended on a very sweet note on Thursday night. The Knoxville native and Farragut High School graduate was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds as the No. 2 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Vols coach Dave Serrano captured the moment when Senzel’s name was announced by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred…
Senzel was widely considered the best hitter available at the college level. He finished 2016 with a .352 batting average and 59 RBIs. He only struck out 21 times on the season and stole 25 bases in 57 games.
Senzel actually knew he would be drafted minutes before the official announcement was made on national television. He was called and given the good news right after the Philadelphia Phillies picked California high schooler Mickey Moniak at No. 1, but, Senzel decided to hold back his excitement so that his family could be surprised.
“A lot of emotions ran through my mind, but I waited it out.” Senzel said, “I didn’t tell my dad. I wanted him to be surprised. When they called my name it was tears of joy, getting to hug him. Since I was little this is what I dreamed of happening. For it to actually be in reality, I’m honored. It’s unbelievable.”
The value of Senzel’s No. 2 draft slot is $7,762,900, but he is yet to sign an official contract with the Reds. When discussing the details of his pending deal with Cincinnati, Senzel said, “I’ve got the best team in the world that takes care of that. They’ll let me know when the business side is taken care of. When it’s taken care of, I will be ready to go.”