Profile: Drafted in the 16th round of the 2009 draft by Milwaukee, Gennett has worked his way through the Brewers system thanks mainly to a well above average hit tool.
Drafted out of high school, many felt Gennett would be headed to Florida State, where he had a scholarship waiting for him. But the Brewers were able to lure him away from the Seminoles and ink him to a contract.
Milwaukee surprised some, when they had Gennett, fresh out of high school and just 19-years-old, skip right over rookie ball and start the 2010 season with Class-A Wisconsin. Scooter rewarded the Brewers faith in him, by batting .309 for the Timber Rattlers, with nine home runs and 55 RBI, while being named to the Midwest League All-Star team.
He advanced to High-A Brevard County in 2011, and despite a terrible month of May, still managed to hit .300 with nine more homers and 51 RBI for the Manatees. He was once again named to his league’s All-Star team, this time in the Florida State League.
With the hype around Gennett beginning to increase, Milwaukee sent him to the prestigious Arizona Fall League following the 2011 season, to see what he could do against some tougher competition. All he did was hit an astounding .411, good for second best in the entire AFL, playing against some of the top prospects in baseball.
Gennett moved up again, to Double-A Huntsville in 2012. In 133 games with the Stars, he hit .293 with 5 home runs and scored 66 runs. He was also chosen to represent the Brewers at the Futures Game on the Sunday before the MLB All-Star game in Kansas City.
The Brewers sent Gennett to Triple-A Nashville to begin the 2013 campaign. He started off the season on fire, batting .403 in the month of April, on his way to being named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Month. Though he had cooled off a bit in May, Gennett was still batting .297 at the time of his call-up.
Strengths: Gennett’s biggest strength is his ability to put the ball in play. He squares up everything and uses all parts of the field. There is little doubt about his ability to hit the baseball. His career minor league average sits right at .300 and he has handled himself well each of the last two years in Spring Training against big league competition, even hitting for the cycle during a game in 2011. Gennett is an extremely hard worker and has the drive to improve in all areas.<
Weaknesses: Gennett doesn’t take many walks and tends to be mainly a singles hitter. Though he will show more pop at times than his 5’9″ frame might suggest, his on base percentage and slugging percentage are not particularly high. His defense is also a work in progress, though he has improved some in that area.
The Future: With Rickie Weeks 2013 struggles, Milwaukee decided the time was now to give Scooter a look at the Major League level. Gennett will be in a platoon with Weeks for the time being. The Brewers still are locked in to Weeks contract for one more season (two more if his 2015 option kicks in, though that looks less likely now). In an ideal world, both Weeks and Gennett would get hot over the next six weeks, allowing the Brewers to trade one to get some help for a weak farm system. Gennett still has some developing left to do in certain areas of his game, but if Weeks can’t turn things around, and if Gennett succeeds as he’s done at every other level, the Brewers could be looking at their second baseman of the future.