Scooter Gennett knows how to make limited playing time count.
The Milwaukee Brewers are without second baseman Rickie Weeks, who is currently on the disabled list. Gennett has been asked to fill in for him, and after watching the play he made against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, you can see that he's making the most of it.
What appeared to be a tough play at first glance actually turned out to be next to impossible when you consider what he did.
With Pedro Alvarez at the plate and the speedy Andrew McCutchen on second, the Brewers were looking to retire Alvarez quickly. A single would have scored McCutchen in a heartbeat to extend the team's lead to 2-0, but Gennett stopped that from happening.
Alvarez hit right into Milwaukee's shift, ripping a ball that looked like it would get past Gennett and into right field to score McCutchen.
However, Gennett dove and fully extended to trap the ball, holding McCutchen at third. He then quickly jumped up and made a strong throw to first to barely retire Alvarez.
Gennett's throw was pretty long for a second baseman, and the fact that he made it so quickly and got so much power behind it was impressive.
The announcers went nuts when Gennett made the play, continuing their love of the 23-year-old second baseman.
What is the obsession with scooter gennett and pirate announcers— Robert (@planetofsnapes) August 29, 2013
The announcers weren't the only ones, though, as Gennett put his name into the Twit-osphere with this play.
2B Scooter Gennett just assured a Web Gem appearance. Makes diving stab in shallow RF and throws out Alvarez at first.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 29, 2013
@SportsCenter how about scooter Gennett's diving stop for SC top 10— Andrew Najdovski (@najdovski20) August 29, 2013
To hold McCutchen at third and retire Alvarez meant that the Pirates needed a hit to score the run, as Alvarez was the second out of the inning. Gennett made sure that the Bucs had as little a chance to score a run as possible with this tremendous play, and the level of difficulty behind it was remarkable.
Unfortunately, McCutchen would score on a Gaby Sanchez single immediately after this play, but it was still one of the best plays from a second baseman this season.
Gennett has played in just 39 games this season, but he's been making plays and ensuring that the Brewers keep him around. He's batting .324 with five home runs and 14 RBI, and his defense has been stellar.
At just 23 years old, he is making a name for himself, and adding this play to his resume can't hurt.