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June 4, 2013

The Call-Up

Scooter Gennett

by Jason Cole and Bret Sayre


The Situation: The Brewers made four roster moves on Monday, looking to shake things up on a club that’s just 7-24 since May 1. Gennett was among the beneficiaries, earning the call from Triple-A Nashville. He’ll take the roster spot vacated by veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez, who was released after hitting .177/.203/.230 in 41 games.

Background: Milwaukee’s 16th-round pick out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School in 2009, Gennett didn’t enter the professional ranks as a top prospect, but he has proven himself at each step on the minor-league ladder. A career .300 hitter across all four full-season levels over the last four seasons, Gennett has been an All-Star at each of the stops and represented Milwaukee in last year’s MLB Futures Game. Although the prospect has scuffled of late in Triple-A, he was still hitting .297/.342/.376 through 50 contests at the time of his call-up.

Scouting Report: As an undersized, high-energy second baseman who’s known for his hustle and hit tool, Gennett checks all the boxes on the “gamer” cliche scouting report. When Jason Parks ranked Gennett 10th in the Brewers’ system this past offseason, he wrote that the prospect has “good baseball instincts” and “plays with intensity and purpose.” That hard-nosed style could inject some life into a struggling Milwaukee club.

As far as quantifiable production goes, the 23-year-old has the ability to hit for average at the highest level due to his excellent bat speed and bat control. While Gennett has an aggressive approach and little home run power, he could be a .280-.290 hitter at his peak with some gap-to-gap pop. He’s an average defender at second base with average speed that plays up due to his instincts. Profiling as a second-division regular, Gennett likely won’t provide sexy tools or production, but he should be a serviceable major-league player.

Immediate Big-League Future: Gennett will see immediate big-league playing time, as he’s expected to join a righty-lefty platoon with incumbent second baseman Rickie Weeks. The left-handed Gennett should get starts against right-handed pitching. Although Weeks is off to a poor start overall, he’s hitting a serviceable .239/.346/.448 against lefties. Gennett, meanwhile, has a history of mashing righty arms. After hitting .315 against right-handers in Double-A last season, he was off to a .317/.370/.449 start against them in Triple-A this year. —Jason Cole

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