Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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. Traded to the Giants in July of 2019. Released by the Giants in August of 2019.
Becomes free agent
2BFree Agent  
August 27, 2019
Gennett was released by the Giants on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Gennett was dealt to San Francisco at the trade deadline, but he slashed .234/.254/.391 with two homers and six RBI over 21 games with his new club, leading to his release. Mauricio Dubon and Donovan Solano will see more time at the keystone following Tuesday's move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
8
13
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+36%
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 .717 347 39 10 48 0 .268 .304 .412
Since 2017vs Right .868 927 142 42 152 7 .305 .352 .516
2019vs Left .443 30 2 1 2 0 .172 .167 .276
2019vs Right .603 109 13 1 9 0 .240 .266 .337
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
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .830 606 89 27 112 4 .290 .331 .499
Since 2017Away .823 668 92 25 88 3 .299 .346 .476
2019Home .511 76 6 1 4 0 .205 .224 .288
2019Away .637 63 9 1 7 0 .250 .270 .367
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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.05
 
BB Rate
1.4%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.098
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.245
 
SLG
.323
 
OPS
.568
 
wOBA
.249
 
Exit Velocity
86.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.5%
 
Barrels/PA
1.4%
 
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76 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
2015
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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Sitting again vs. lefty
2BSan Francisco Giants  
August 26, 2019
Gennett isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Day off against lefty
2BSan Francisco Giants  
August 25, 2019
Gennett is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Athletics, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sitting Tuesday
2BSan Francisco Giants  
August 20, 2019
Gennett is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.
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Third straight two-hit game
2BSan Francisco Giants  
August 19, 2019
Gennett went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
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Two hits in win
2BSan Francisco Giants  
August 17, 2019
Gennett went 2-for-6 with a pair of runs scored in Friday's 10-9 extra-innings win over Arizona.
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