Name the best second-baseman in the National League. It’s not easy to do is it? Sure there are players like, Brandon Phillips and Chase Utley, who bring plenty of potential, but also a long injury history. There is Neil Walker, who was the only second baseman in the league to hit over 20 home runs last season and players like Kolten Wong and Javier Baez, who are expected to be big parts of the future in their organizations. But there is no one who is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.
With a long list of question marks at the position, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman, Scooter Gennett will rise above the rest this season. Though he is just entering his second full season as an everyday player, the 24-year-old will represent the National League this July as the starting second baseman.
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Yes, at 5’10” and 170 pounds, Gennett doesn’t look like an all-star player in any league, but he has had the numbers to back it up throughout his career. Debuting in 2013, Gennett batted .324 with an outstanding OPS of .834.
Last season he was able to earn and keep his spot in the starting lineup by excelling again at the plate. In 474 at-bats, Gennett batted .289 as he was able to be among second base leaders in many offensive categories. He finished third in the league in doubles and fifth in RBIs. He also was among the best second basemen in both batting average, OBP, and OPS among hitters with more than 300 at-bats.
Through his first six games this spring, Gennett has a .286 batting average atop the lineup. His biggest question mark entering the spring and the season has been hitting left handed pitching. Through his first week, he has gone two for six against southpaws, including a solid single to start the spring. If he can prove he is able to hit left handers (something he has greatly struggled with in limited major league at-bats), he has even a better chance of setting himself apart from the other second sackers in the league.
As a blue-collared leadoff man, Gennett can not only hit for high average, but also as shown through his numbers that he has surprising power as well. There is not a single second baseman in the NL that has a guaranteed spot in the all-star lineup and just as Gennett has exceeded expectations throughout his career to get to the major leagues, he will again overachieve as he becomes an all-star this year.