Second baseman Scooter Gennett just might have the busiest Spring Training of any player on the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014. For that reason, he’s a must-watch player over the next six to eight weeks.
The 23-year-old will be competing head-to-head with veteran Rickie Weeks for the starting second base job, which is sure to excite fans and players alike. The Brewers have already declared that it would be unfair to Gennett if they gave the job outright to Weeks, especially since Gennett put forth an outstanding performance in his first stint in the big leagues in 2013. Even though Weeks is the favorite to land the spot in the lineup, there’s no question Gennett will make the decision incredibly difficult for the coaching staff.
Milwaukee selected Gennett in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009. Since then, he has accomplished quite a bit, with 2012 being a year to never forget. His .293 batting average, five home runs, 44 RBI and 11 stolen bases was good enough to clinch a spot on the All-Star Futures team. Not to mention, he hit for the cycle against the Kansas City Royals in a Spring Training game in the same year.
Last season, Gennett accomplished enough in Triple-A to convince the Brewers he deserved to be called up to the majors. Even though Weeks’ poor play had something to do with it, there’s no denying Gennett deserved his time in the spotlight. He batted .324 with six home runs, 21 RBI, 11 doubles and two triples in 213 at-bats for Milwaukee.
The Brewers have high hopes for the youngster who has shown plenty of potential in a short time period. His efforts in Spring Training could go a long ways in showing where he stands in the organization. If anything else, he’s guaranteed the starting job next season, unless Weeks decides to have a career performance in his contract year.