KISSIMMEE, Fla.—The elite college hitters who have gone off the board at the top of the draft haven’t spent much time in the minors recently.
Dansby Swanson went No. 1 overall in 2015, then played in Atlanta last August. Alex Bregman, who the Astros drafted one pick later, made his major league debut last July. The next college hitter off the board was 2015 College Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi, who went No. 7 overall to the Red Sox and was up in Boston last August.
Reds 21-year-old third baseman Nick Senzel could be on a similar trajectory. The No. 2 overall pick last year, Senzel batted .329/.415/.567 in 249 plate appearances last year in the low Class A Midwest League. He’s starting 2017 with high Class Daytona, though he might not be there long.