Milwaukee Brewers Would Be Foolish Not to Start Scooter Gennett in 2014

By Michael Terrill
Milwaukee Brewers Would Be Foolish Not to Start Scooter Gennett in 2014
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The Milwaukee Brewers will have a big-time decision to make regarding the second base position for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Rickie Weeks has nowhere near lived up to his ridiculous contract that is set to pay him $12 million next year. Meanwhile, the emergence of rookie Scooter Gennett has clearly proven the Brewers must part ways with Weeks in similar fashion to what they did with Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan.

Sources close to the team have indicated that Gennett will have the edge over Weeks when Milwaukee heads into Spring Training. Obviously, this should be a no-brainer considering how much better Gennett was this year. The 2013 statistics of the two players are incomparable. Gennett was by far the best rookie on the team while Weeks was a colossal disappointment once again.

The 23-year-old may not give the Brewers the same power as 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. Unfortunately, Milwaukee got the bad end of the deal.

The good news is they can make it right by giving Gennett the starting job (if he earns it in Spring Training) and let the Jean Segura/Gennett Era began in the middle infield. The two players, along with several other young potential stars, will have an opportunity to help lead the Brewers back to the playoffs in the for foreseeable future. In order to do that though they must cut ties with Weeks prior to the start of next season because there simply is no room for him in the game plan.

Gennett led the team with a .324 batting average in 2013. He also posted six home runs, 21 RBI and 11 doubles in 213 at-bats. Meanwhile, Weeks recorded a dismal .209 batting average with 10 homers, 24 RBI, 20 doubles and 105 strikeouts in 350 at-bats.

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