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Davis made the opening day roster for the Brewers, but only made one start before he was sent down to Triple-A Nashville on May 2 when infielder Jeff Bianchi was activated off the disabled list.
Davis only got 18 plate appearances in 14 games over that first month of the campaign and was just 3-for-16 with a couple of doubles and eight strikeouts.
Davis was a seventh-round pick of the Brewers out of Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and hit very well at both Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville despite missing significant time with a calf injury in 2012.
In 154 plate appearances at Huntsville, Davis hit .383/.484/.641 with eight homers and 23 RBI and with Nashville, Davis hit .310/.414/.522 with four homers and 24 RBI in 140 plate appearances.
Upon his return to Triple-A in May, Davis didn’t hit particularly well. He was just 4-for-36 in his first nine games back before he started to find his stroke again.
By the time he was recalled for good when Ryan Braun was suspended on July 22, Davis was hitting .255/.349/.473 for the Sounds in 281 plate appearances, with 13 homers and 37 RBI.
Since his recall, Davis is hitting a torrid .370/.435/.759 in 62 plate appearances with six home runs and 13 RBI. He’s also scored 16 runs. For the year, he’s at .324/.395/.648 in 81 plate appearances and was 5-for-12 in the Brewers’ most recent series against the St. Louis Cardinals, starting all three games in left field.
Like Davis, Scooter Gennett’s insertion into the starting lineup at second base was much more out of necessity than a desire to promote him already.
Gennett got his first taste of the show in June after infielder Alex Gonzalez was released on June 3. He spent much of June sharing time at second base with slumping Rickie Weeks and was 9-for-42 (.214) with a double, a triple, a homer and five RBI in 17 games, 10 of them starts.
He was recalled for a double-header in Chicago on July 30 as the team’s 26th man and wound up hanging around for a few more days when pitcher Yovani Gallardo went on the disabled list.
Then came the whirlwind. He was optioned to Nashville on Aug. 7 and recalled on Aug. 9. In between, Weeks tore his left hamstring and was lost for the season.
Since Weeks’ injury, Gennett has torn the cover off the ball, hitting .415/.455/.659 with three homers and seven RBI in 45 plate appearances, including a two-homer game against the Texas Rangers on Aug. 13.
Put it all together and Gennett is hitting .312/.360/.516 in 102 plate appearances with four homers and 12 RBI.
Compare that to Weeks’ truncated season: .209/.306/.357 with 10 homers, 24 RBI and 105 strikeouts in 399 plate appearances. But at least Weeks grounded into 13 double plays, so he had that going for him.
Gennett was also taken in the 2009 draft, going in the 16th round to the Brewers out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School. He’s hit at every level of the minors, beginning in 2010 at Class-A Wisconsin (.309). With High-A Brevard County in 2011, Gennett hit .300 and turned in a .293 average for Huntsville in 2012 and was hitting .280 in his many trips back and forth to Nashville this season.
The problem is that Weeks is signed for another year at $11 million and has a $11.5 million team option for 2015. That’s a lot of money for a player known much more for offense than defense who is struggling to keep his average north of .200.
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