After looking into the farm system for a recent article, a young kid named Scooter Gennett drew my interest. I did some major sleuthing and found out a few things about this kid. Now, before we begin I would like to issue this disclaimer; his name is not Scooter, it’s Ryan. If you call him Ryan he will punch you in the face(no facts to support this claim). When he was a kid he really liked the TV show ‘The Muppet Babies’. As a 5 year old he told a police officer that his name was Scooter. He was at the local police station learning about seat belt safety. When the officer asked, “What is your real name?” The 5 year old said, “Scooter”. From that day on, he never answered to Ryan again. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk Scooter.
Scooter Gennett, came out of Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida. Out of high school, he was considered a 5 tool player. His arm strength is very impressive. In high school he was clocked throwing in the mid-90′s from shortstop to first. He had a .470 batting average his Senior year!! Out of high school he comitted to Florda State University, and he almost made it too. Instead, the Brewers drafted him in the 16 th round of the 2009 draft. The fresh faced 19 year old showed up ready to take on spring training.
Scooter shows up every morning at 6, in order to begin his workout. His father was an ex-scout for the Houston Astros, so the kid knows what it takes to make it to the majors. In his first year he compiled some pretty amazing numbers. He hit .309 with 149 hits, 39 doubles, 4 triples, 9 HR, 55 RBI, and a .354 on base percentage. That is pretty impressive for a kid drafted in the 16th round.
To be honest, there is not much information to be found on the kid. Everything I did find, was very very positive. He was raised in a baseball family and has a great head on his shoulders. There are a few scouts out there who really like what they see in him and I would have to agree. Below you should find a link to Scooter cracking a long ball. My eyes are not the best, but it looks like he gets the bat through the zone pretty quickly. The ball really pops off his bat. I am going to follow him this season and I will keep you all posted. This kid could find himself in Triple-A before too long.