An emerging story coming out of the Milwaukee Brewers spring training is Scooter Gennett’s troubles.
In his six games this spring, Gennett has two hits (one for a homerun) and a batting average of .111. His on base percentage is a little better at .200.
Take this in comparison with Rickie Weeks’ statistics from spring so far. Weeks is batting .310 with only three strikeouts (as compared to Gennett’s six) and 5 walks. Both Gennett and Weeks have gone deep once and Gennett actually has more RBI’s (two as compared to Weeks’ one, so not exactly a game changer when it comes to comparisons.)
As far as fielding goes both have been pretty similar, Gennett hasn’t had any errors so far and Weeks has one but other than that they have been pretty good.
Look, I know that it’s incredibly early in the spring training season. Gennett has only played in 6 games and Weeks has played in 7 but this is something to watch. If Gennett’s problems continue then Weeks will be the sure starter on opening day.
I think that this Brewers team will far outpace expectations. I’m not going to sit here and claim that they are going to win the World Series by any means but I do believe that they can contend for the last wild card spot.
The reason I have such high expectations is because of the young nucleus of high quality players on this Brewers team. Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez have already proven that they have the potential to be perennial all stars, and Khris Davis and Wily Peralta are young players that are going to be a big part of the team one day. I thought that Gennett was going to be the next young player to come up and help the team. If he isn’t and the Brewers have to rely on a highly inconsistent Weeks next year then I can’t see the Brewers having any shot at the playoffs.
There’s still time, but if Gennett continues to struggle it’s definitely going to be difficult for Ron Roenicke to play Gennett over Weeks, and if Gennett isn’t playing well Weeks should be starting anyway. If Gennett misses the opportunity to get major playing time and experience this year its going to be hard for him to come in and make a substantial impact in 2015.
Again, not a huge issue as of now but it is something to think about.
Other news from Spring Training: The Brewers stay in Maryvale has been pretty decent thus far. They got shelled on Sunday, losing both of their games but overall have been pretty good with a record of 6-7. Matt Garza has had a rough go in his first two starts. Again, in this situation it’s difficult to gleam anything from statistics but so far he is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and has given up 10 hits in 4 innings pitched. I wouldn’t start worrying about him now, but it again is something to keep your eyes on. Ryan Braun, on the other hand, has had a tremendous spring training thus far. He’s already knocked in two homeruns and he has a .714 on base percentage.
That’s all I have today, if you have any thoughts leave them below!