Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
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.
Shakes off illness
2BCincinnati Reds
July 15, 2019
Gennett (illness) went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run Sunday in the Reds' 10-9 loss to the Rockies.
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Gennett was withheld from the Reds' first two games of the weekend while battling the illness but the issue looks to be behind him after he logged eight innings in the field Sunday and turned in a productive day at the plate. He'll pick up a second straight start Monday in the Reds' series opener with the Cubs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+66%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .728 326 37 9 46 0 .272 .312 .416
Since 2017vs Right .891 837 130 41 145 7 .310 .359 .533
2019vs Left .222 9 0 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
2019vs Right .368 19 1 0 2 0 .158 .158 .211
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+213%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .851 550 83 26 108 4 .295 .338 .514
Since 2017Away .840 613 84 24 83 3 .303 .353 .487
2019Home .200 20 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
2019Away .625 8 1 0 2 0 .250 .250 .375
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
28.6%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.036
 
AVG
.143
 
OBP
.143
 
SLG
.179
 
OPS
.321
 
wOBA
.141
 
Exit Velocity
85.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Scooter Gennett
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8 days ago
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15 days ago
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NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
16 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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2014
2013
2011
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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Returns to action Sunday
2BCincinnati Reds
July 14, 2019
Gennett (illness) is starting at second base and batting sixth Sunday at Colorado, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Remains out with illness
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Illness
July 13, 2019
Gennett (illness) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.
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Scratched with illness
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Illness
July 12, 2019
Gennett was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Rockies with an illness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Late scratch Friday
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Groin
July 12, 2019
Gennett (groin) was a late scratch from Friday's lineup against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Back in action
2BCincinnati Reds
July 12, 2019
Gennett (groin) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
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