This is a part of a series listing the top players at each position in Milwaukee Brewers’ history. Previously, we’ve done the best relievers, first basemen, third basemen, shortstops, and center fielders. This time, we’re ranking Milwaukee second basemen.
Compared to other positions, second base hasn’t been a strong suit of the Milwaukee Brewers over the years. However, it’s easy to forget there were a few pretty big names that came through the Cream City at the keystone, even if only for a brief time. Without further ado, here are the top five second basemen in franchise history.
Years as a Brewer: 2013-2016
It seems like they’re two different players, but the Cincinnati Reds’ current second baseman is in fact the same guy the Brewers drafted back in 2009. Gennett was always a highly-touted infield prospect even out of high school, and he proved scouts right by making his big league debut just after his 23rd birthday.
Gennett’s career in Milwaukee had its ups and downs, ultimately culminating in a .279/.318/.420 slash line with the Brew Crew. Unfortunately for the franchise, he failed to fully blossom as a hitter until he was sent to the Reds, which is part of why he’s as low as he is on this list.
The other reason is his defense. To put it simply, Gennett was a below-average second baseman in terms of fielding. His range was lacking, and he committed 35 errors during his time in Milwaukee. This certainly did not help his case for being higher on the list.