All eyes are on Scooter Gennett this season for Brewers fans. Gennett is now the Brewers full-time second baseman after eleven year veteran Rickie Weeks left Milwaukee for Seattle. Weeks and Gennett platooned last year as Weeks would start at second base versus left handed pitchers, where Gennett had batting average of .103 in just 39 plate appearances versus left handers. Gennett however, is ready to become the Brewers full time second baseman, and a big key to that is left handed hitting, which he knows.
“Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I’ve put myself in this position where I’ve earned the job, I’ve shown them what I can do, and now it’s about consistently doing it,” Gennett added.
2014 was Gennett’s first full season in Major League Baseball, as he was one of the best hitters on the Brewers with a .289 batting average with 9 home runs and 54 runs driven in 137 games last season with 440 at-bats. Gennett will most likely find himself possibly hitting leadoff sometimes, or maybe even second. There’s even some games were Brewers manager Ron Roenicke placed Gennett in the 3 spot.
I expect Gennett to continue his great season he had last year with and even more comfort level. It seems like when you’re in a platoon role sometimes it could mean that you’re unable to do something that another guy can, but it’s not really proving that your team believes in you. Gennett will certainly feel way better in the 2015 season, which could help bring the Brewers offensive fire power back up.
With Gennett’s consitent hitting, the Brewers should have nothing to worry about with Gennett this year. The only way to get better at something is to keep trying it over and over again, so why not give Gennett plenty of time versing left handers?
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