Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett certainly has the look of someone who is enjoying his first season in the big leagues. There is no question that Gennett is taking advantage of the great opportunity that has presented itself in 2013. With that being said, the 23-year-old is hoping to finish the season on a high note so that he can lock up a roster spot heading into next year.
Gennett led the majors with a .423 batting average in the month of August among players with more than 27 at-bats. He also has batted .386 in 27 games since Aug. 1. Obviously, this is far better than what Rickie Weeks has been able to accomplish at the plate, which makes the argument that the team needs to move on from the veteran.
As of right now, Gennett is not concerned with what Milwaukee’s management will do with Weeks. All he cares about is playing the game to the best of his ability. After all, he is currently living his childhood dream of being a professional baseball player. At this point, he will do whatever it takes to continue playing at the top level for the Brewers.
“…It boils down to just how I always wanted to play baseball and never let anybody tell me what I could or couldn’t do,” Gennett said, according to SI.com. “I made my own decisions with work ethic and how much time I put into it.”
Milwaukee has struggled mightily this season, as they will post one of their worst records in recent memory. However, the Brewers have decided to use their dismal record to their advantage. The organization is getting a solid look at some young players on an everyday basis, which is proving to be very valuable. In fact, the Brewers stinking it up this season could directly result in their success in the near future. They clearly have unearthed some valuable players that they may not have known they had until years down the road.
“I look at our ballclub right now, and it’s unfortunate how our season turned out,” Melvin said, according to SI.com. “But that’s allowed us the opportunity with the other circumstances and with injuries to look at these younger guys.”