Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Scooter Gennett Under The Microscope | Weeks Will Play Back Up Position

Scooter Gennett
One of my favorite things to do is put a particular athlete under my microscope, and I have been waiting to put this particular player under my microscope for a long time. It’s time to examine everybody’s favorite young Brewers, second basemen Scooter Gennett.

The “undersized overachiever” Scooter Gennett was a 16th round draft choice of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2009. Gennett began his professional career for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A) of the Midwest League. Gennett played in 118 games for Wisconsin that season, and batted .309 with 9 home runs and 55 RBI’s. However his strikeout total was very high, as he struck out 91 times that season. For his efforts that season, Gennett was promoted to Brevard County of the Florida State (Class A Advanced) League. With his playing schedule increased to 134 games, Scooter batted an even .300 with 9 home runs and 51 RBI’s. He also cut down on his strikeouts, striking out just 69 times.

Having felt he was ready, Milwaukee did not play Scooter in the Arizona Fall League and sent him to Huntsville of the Southern League (Double A), the following season. This is usually where prospects have the biggest hang up in their minor league progression, jumping from Class A Advanced to Double A. Gennett did just fine, batting .293 with five home runs and 44 RBI’s. At this point there were some who believed Gennett should have jumped from Double A straight to major league baseball, due to the struggles of Milwaukee’s starting second baseman at the time, Rickie Weeks. Milwaukee remained patient, and Gennett began 2013 in Nashville of the Pacific Coast League (Triple A). In 89 games this season in Nashville, Gennett batted .280 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI’s. With Weeks struggles sinking to a historiclow, Milwaukee promoted Gennett and gave him the starting second base job for the last several months of the season. Safe to say Scooter took the job and never looked back. In 69 games at the major league level this season, Gennett batted .324 with 6 home runs and 21 RBI’s. 

Rickie Weeks To Stay On Brewers Roster

Gennett will begin the 2014 season as Milwaukee’s everyday second basemen. Remember though, Weeks is still on the roster, and probably will be, at the start of the season. If Gennett falters, Weeks will get one last chance and Gennett will head back to Nashville for a little bit. However I do not expect that to happen. I expect about .270 with sufficient overall numbers and great defense from Gennett this season. 

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