The Milwaukee Brewers made several changes to their roster on Monday, including calling up second baseman Scooter Gennett. Fans have waited quite some time to get a look at the top prospect, as they will finally get their chance in the ensuing days. The move has the community buzzing that the end could be near for starting second baseman Rickie Weeks in Milwaukee.
Weeks has followed up his embarrassing 2012 season with an even more pathetic attempt in 2013. The 30-year-old is the highest paid player on the Brewers ($11 million), but he plays as if he belongs on a Minor League team.
The nine-year player has posted a dismal .184 batting average with three home runs, 10 RBI, eight doubles, four stolen bases and a whopping 61 strikeouts in 179 at-bats. That’s right, Weeks is striking out once almost every three times he steps up to the plate.
Gennett continues to dominate in the minors. He is not a power guy by any means, but he knows how to hit for average and get on base. At this point, Milwaukee has enough power in the lineup with players consistently attempting to swing for the fence. What they need is someone that can drive runs in by merely collecting a single, or getting on base in front of the hot hitters.
The 23-year-old is batting .297 with one home run, 13 RBI, seven doubles, three triples, 30 runs, eight stolen bases and a .342 on-base percentage in 202 at-bats with Triple-A Nashville. In just over three seasons in the minors, he is batting a clean .300 with 24 homers and 163 RBI.
There is no doubt in my mind the Brewers are fielding possible trade options for Weeks. The problem is he commands a big salary for a player that is doing nothing on offense. It would almost be more beneficial to keep him on the roster opposed to getting basically nothing for him.
Even though Weeks has collected one hit in eight of his last nine games, it is too little too late. He has maybe one or two more games to prove to the Brewers that he is capable of performing. If he is unable to do that, than Milwaukee will have no choice but to at least give Gennett a chance.