Is Scooter Gennett’s Performance Enough for Milwaukee Brewers to Move on From Rickie Weeks?
There is no question the Milwaukee Brewers would like to move on from second baseman Rickie Weeks. It is not that he is a bad person. He has simply not performed up to his contract over the past two seasons. With only one year left on his contract, and Scooter Gennett making a name for himself in the majors this season, can the Brewers finally part ways with Weeks?
Gennett has dominated at every single level in the minors, and is putting forth quite the performance in Weeks’ place at second base in 2013. Along with outfielder Khris Davis, Gennett is making a name for himself quickly at the right time. The Brewers are having a very forgettable season and it does not take a genius to know that Gennett dominating at the plate and in the field will certainly help his cause when decisions have to be made next year.
“They can hit,” center fielder Carlos Gomez said, according to Brewers.com. “As long as they keep it consistent, if they do this, they belong here. They have great discipline at the plate. They look like they make quick changes in their approach to each at-bat. … They look like they have 10 years in the league.”
Gennett is batting .312 with four home runs, 12 RBI, three doubles and two triples in 93 at-bats in his first year in the big leagues. He also has a .974 fielding percentage in 115 total chances at second base.
He may not give the Brewers the same power that Weeks has, but he very well could prove to be the better overall player. The fact is Weeks’ power is very unique for a second baseman, which makes it all the more frustrating because he truly should have been one of the best to play the game during his time in the majors.
Sometimes an organization must cut their losses. There is no doubt Gennett’s performance has been good enough for Milwaukee to seriously consider moving on from Weeks in the near future. Hopefully, the Brewers’ confidence in Gennett will allow him to become an even better player than anticipated.