Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Sarasota, Florida, 21-year-old second baseman Scooter Gennett has quickly transformed himself into one of the top young minor league prospects in the organization.
Primarily known for his outstanding speed and quick hands at the plate, the Florida State product has used his athleticism and pure hitting skills to his advantage. In his first season with Milwaukee’s class-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Gennett hit .309 with nine HR, 87 runs scored and 55 RBI. He was also able to amass 14 stolen bases as well as a .817 OPS.
Prior to the 2011 season, Gennett was swiftly promoted to high class-A Brevard County, where he would continue to strut his skills—only this time to a much more vigilant crowd.
In 134 games, (556 at-bats), the 5’9,″ 170-pound infielder batted .300, including nine HR, 51 RBI and 74 runs scored. His 167 hits were enough to lead all minor league prospects in Milwaukee’s system, and his .300 BA ranked fifth.
This fall, the youngster is currently honing his skill set in the Arizona Fall League, MLB’s most preeminent and well-known league, a place where many of today's top talents sharpened their games just a few years ago.
Through the league's first nine games, Gennett has torched opposing pitching to the tune of a .395 BA, two HR, seven RBI, 11 runs scored, 24 TB and a 1.097 OPS for the Peoria Javelinas.
On top of his superb hitting abilities, breathtaking athleticism and quickness, Gennett is also a great fielder. Having made the transition from shortstop (his natural position) to second base, the youngster can play virtually any infield position with outstanding effectiveness. His strong arm may even allow him to become a future third baseman if need be.
He's still a raw talent, but it seems as though the young Gennett is gaining more and more recognition as a prime-time prospect for the Brewers. If he continues to make strides down on the farm (he's expected to start 2012 with class-AA Helena), he could be with Milwaukee by late 2103, and possibly land a starting role by 2014.
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