Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second year in a row, Reds general manager Dick Williams struck gold off the waiver wire at the conclusion of spring training, claiming Gennett from the Brewers, one year after nabbing Dan Straily in a similar fashion. Gennett began the year as a pinch hitter and spot starter, and that role morphed into a super sub capacity where he'd start four-to-five times per week beginning in June, after his four-homer game against the Cardinals. He wasn't the Reds' full-time second baseman until mid-July. He still has a significant platoon split, hitting .248/.287/.404 against southpaws in 2017. With top prospect Nick Senzel close to the majors, the Reds will have to figure out how to apportion playing time between Gennett, Senzel and Jose Peraza, who still might end up as the club's shortstop. At the very least, look for Gennett's batting average to regress, as his walk and strikeout rates did not improve along with his power outburst last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Reds in February of 2018 after winning his arbitration case.
Heads to bench vs. lefty
2BCincinnati Reds
September 15, 2018
Gennett is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday.
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Gennett will receive a day off following five straight starts as southpaw Jon Lester occupies the mound for Chicago. Even though another left-hander (Jose Quintana) will pitch Sunday for the Cubs, look for Gennett to return to the lineup for the series finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .755 407 45 11 60 0 .280 .328 .427
Since 2016vs Right .844 1229 177 52 181 15 .297 .346 .498
2018vs Left .822 184 21 5 26 0 .312 .352 .471
2018vs Right .882 414 63 17 62 4 .321 .370 .512
2017vs Left .691 115 16 4 20 0 .248 .287 .404
2017vs Right .930 382 64 23 77 3 .310 .359 .571
2016vs Left .708 108 8 2 14 0 .260 .333 .375
2016vs Right .733 433 50 12 42 8 .264 .313 .420
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .845 780 111 34 135 9 .296 .343 .501
Since 2016Away .801 856 111 29 106 6 .290 .341 .460
2018Home .853 284 40 10 51 3 .310 .355 .498
2018Away .874 314 44 12 37 1 .325 .374 .500
2017Home .939 233 42 16 57 1 .307 .352 .587
2017Away .815 264 38 11 40 2 .284 .333 .481
2016Home .751 263 29 8 27 5 .272 .323 .428
2016Away .707 278 29 6 29 3 .255 .310 .396
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How does Scooter Gennett compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
19.8%
 
BABIP
.370
 
ISO
.180
 
AVG
.318
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.498
 
OPS
.863
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gennett mustered a career-high 14 home runs in 2016, but his overall batting line remained mediocre at .263/.317/.412. On the bright side, he managed a respectable .260/.333/.375 line against the southpaws he has struggled with so much in his career, but that improvement was mitigated by a career-high 21 percent strikeout rate. While Gennett is good enough to be a useful situational player, he is not a good enough player to be a primary second baseman at the major league level. It's looking like he'll get phased out in 2017 due to the presences of Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw, which will leave Jonathan Villar to get the bulk of the second base at-bats in Milwaukee.
After a couple of solidly above-average seasons as a platoon player, the Brewers gave Gennett a full-time role to begin 2015 and he promptly collapsed. Gennett still can't hit left-handed pitching at all, as he managed a putrid .114/.139/.171 mark in just 36 plate appearances before the experiment was over. Gennett was acceptable against righties (.279/.310/.403), and there may still be some value to his skill set considering most second basemen hit right-handed, but the dream of Gennett as an impact full-time player seems to be dead. Gennett is slated to start at second base for the Brewers in 2016, but there will be some more competition as Jean Segura, Yadiel Rivera and Jonathan Villar will all be in the mix for playing time across the infield. For fantasy purposes, Gennett is most useful in daily formats or other leagues that allow owners to maximize his playing time against righties.
Gennett, in his first full big league season, finished 2014 with the fifth best OPS among second basemen who saw at least 400 plate appearances. He hammered right-handed pitching, but went just 4-for-39 against southpaws while sharing time at the keystone with Rickie Weeks. Though Weeks is expected to move on this offseason, Gennett’s struggles against southpaws could still land him in at least a soft platoon next year. More starts would help Gennett’s counting stats, but given his struggles against southpaws, that could result in a decrease in his ratios.
Gennett always hit for average in the minors, but there were questions as to whether he would be able to maintain that ability in the big leagues. It didn't take him long to provide answers, as he hit .324 in 69 games in his first big league season. Gennett will have trouble matching last year's power production over a full season, and he needs to take more walks, but his ability to put the bat on the ball could earn him a spot near the top of the order. Gennett's 2013 performance likely has him ticketed to open the 2014 campaign in some sort of a second-base platoon with Rickie Weeks.
Gennett entered last season as the Brewers' fifth-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America, and did not disappoint, hitting .293 with five home runs, 30 doubles, and 44 RBI in 133 games. Gennett's numbers are not eye popping, but at age 22 with a career .300 batting average, he is the Brewers' top second-base prospect. Gennett won't push Rickie Weeks off the keystone in Milwaukee, but he could be a replacement down the road if the Brewers avoid using him as trade bait before then.
Gennett hit .311/.356/.465 at Low-A Wisconsin in his first season of pro baseball. His small size has scouts wondering if he can produce in the majors, but so far he's proven them wrong. He'll start 2011 at High-A Brevard County.
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Knocks in three vs. Dodgers
2BCincinnati Reds
September 10, 2018
Gennett went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored Monday in the win over Los Angeles.
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On bench Saturday
2BCincinnati Reds
September 8, 2018
Gennett is not in the lineup against the Padres on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
2BCincinnati Reds
September 6, 2018
Gennett is out of the lineup versus the Padres on Thursday.
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Clubs two home runs
2BCincinnati Reds
September 4, 2018
Gennett went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and two strikeouts in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Pirates.
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Belts 20th homer
2BCincinnati Reds
September 3, 2018
Gennett went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer -- his 20th of the season -- in Monday's loss to the Pirates.
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