Milwaukee Brewers’ Grades: Scooter Gennett
This was a big year for Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman, Scooter Gennett. With Rickie Weeks gone, he finally had a shot to take over the reigns at the position and play everyday. But this season wasn’t so easy. After scuffling out of the gates and even seeing some time on the disabled list after slicing his hand in the shower, things got so bad for Gennett that he was sent down to AAA Colorado Springs for some time. After a year of ups and downs, here is a look at Gennett’s season in review.
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To start the year, Gennett batted .207 in April and he hit even worse (.111) to start the month of May. Instead of being a solid hitter who could drive the ball into the gaps, he struggled to slug over .200. Finally, he was sent down to AAA for 17 games.
But after coming back, Gennett proved that he can still be a solid contributor at the major league level. From June on, he batted .287 with five home runs.
The biggest knock on Gennett throughout his career has been his struggle to hit left handed pitching, and this year he again struggled in limited chances. In 35 at-bats he batted just .114 with four strikeouts and one extra basehits against southpaws.
His biggest game of the season came in his four hit night in a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 15th.
Were these grades given at the end of May, Gennett would have surely failed, but a strong finish to the year helped him finish with more respectable numbers. But with organizational depth throughout the system in the middle of the diamond, it will be interesting to see what happens to him in the future. He put together a solid finish to the 2015 season, but regressed in almost every category at the plate overall. With his ability to hit lefties still an issue, only time will tell whether he will be an important piece in their future.
Final Grade: C-