Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
10-Day IL
Injury Groin
Est. Return 6/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Betting on regression is on average a smart play. That's especially true when a batter nearly doubles his career high in homers and posts his highest batting average. That bet wasn't so smart in regards to Gennett in 2018. The Cincinnati native continued to enjoy home cooking with the Reds, defying expectations of regression by hitting .310 with 23 homers, 92 RBI and 86 runs. His performance, his relatively low cost and his enthusiasm for staying in the Queen City also changed the Reds' midseason plans. Instead of trading him before the deadline, they contemplated instead signing him to a long-term extension. Neither has happened yet, and while plans can still change, it looks like Gennett will stick around. A transition to center field seems to be the solution to the lingering Nick Senzel question, so Gennett should once again see everyday work at the keystone. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9.78 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Hits IL
2BCincinnati Reds
Groin
March 28, 2019
Gennett (groin) was placed on the 10-day IL.
ANALYSIS
Gennett is expected to be sidelined for at least 8-to-12 weeks, which makes stashing him a tall order, especially in shallower leagues. Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias are expected to get his at-bats over the first few months.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .743 317 37 9 46 0 .277 .317 .426
Since 2017vs Right .904 818 129 41 143 7 .314 .364 .541
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .774 202 21 5 26 0 .294 .335 .439
2018vs Right .882 436 65 18 66 4 .317 .368 .514
2017vs Left .691 115 16 4 20 0 .248 .287 .404
2017vs Right .930 382 64 23 77 3 .310 .359 .571
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Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .877 530 83 26 108 4 .303 .347 .530
Since 2017Away .843 605 83 24 81 3 .304 .354 .488
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .828 297 41 10 51 3 .299 .342 .485
2018Away .864 341 45 13 41 1 .319 .371 .494
2017Home .939 233 42 16 57 1 .307 .352 .587
2017Away .815 264 38 11 40 2 .284 .333 .481
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Out 2-to-3 months
2BCincinnati Reds
Groin
March 23, 2019
Gennett was diagnosed Saturday with a strained right groin and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.
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Not playing Saturday
2BCincinnati Reds
Groin
March 23, 2019
Gennett (groin) is out of the lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Update coming Saturday
2BCincinnati Reds
Leg
March 22, 2019
Gennett exited Friday's spring game against the Brewers with a right groin injury.
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Exits Friday's game
2BCincinnati Reds
Leg
March 22, 2019
Gennett left Friday's Cactus League game against the Brewers with an apparent leg injury, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Starting to heat up
2BCincinnati Reds
March 11, 2019
Gennett went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Monday's spring game against the Indians.
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