Milwaukee Brewers: Scooter Gennett’s Foggy Future

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I will be the first to admit that I could not be more shocked with Scooter Gennett‘s start this season. I expected him to be just fine taking over the everyday second base job and even predicted that he would be an all-star this season. But after a strong spring that has not been the case so far. After his rough start and his demotion, the future of Gennett as a Brewers is looking less and less clear.

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The 25-year-old Gennett entered the season as a career .300 hitter while getting at-bats against mostly right handed pitchers. Though he is not known for his size, he also entered the year with 15 career home runs and a knack for extra-base hits.

But this season as a full-time player he has looked like a shell of himself at the plate. In 21 games Gennett has a .154 batting average with just one home run (his only extra-base hit) as he has struck out 19 times. Getting a chance to finally hit lefties, Gennett has gone 0-11 in those at-bats.

While Brewers beat writer, Adam McCalvy, points to other in season demotions like Rickie Weeks and Kolten Wong, the Brewers have simply too many options to play second base that may make things hard for Gennett to every get his everyday job back. On the current roster, the Brewers have two utility options in both Elian Herrera and Hector Gomez (a former top-100 Rockies prospect). If current shortstop Luis Sardinas continues to hit, Gennett may also lose playing time to Jean Segura when he returns from injury.

These players are not his only concern either. The system is stacked with middle infield talent. Not only is the highly publicized Orlando Arcia continuing to rake in AA, but Yadiel Rivera has worked his way up to AAA Colorado Springs and he could also see playing time at some point in the near future.

With so much talent up the middle of the diamond, the cards appears to be stacked against Gennett as a future everyday piece in the Brewers’ lineup. I have been a big fan of Gennett. I love his story and wish him the best as he looks to get back, but with the way things are going it could be a long road back to an everyday major league lineup.

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