He got his first call to the big leagues because a veteran was slumping, his second came because the Milwaukee Brewers had a doubleheader in Chicago and the third time was when that same veteran went down for the year with a hamstring injury.
And once Scooter Gennett got the call from Triple-A Nashville to fill in at second base for the injured Rickie Weeks, he made the most of his chance. From the time he was recalled for good on Aug. 9 through the end of the regular season, no one in the National League had a higher batting average than Gennett’s .354 mark. In all, Gennett hit .324/.356/.479 in 69 games and 230 plate appearances, slugging a surprising six home runs and driving in 21. He scored 29 times, had 11 doubles and a pair of triples.
As much of an upgrade as Gennett was over Weeks in 2013 at the plate, he was also a pleasant surprise in the field.
Gennett made five errors in 264 chances in his 59 games and 56 starts at second base and, according to FanGraphs.com, posted an ultimate zone rating per 150 games of 1.4—meaning that over the course of 150 games, Gennett could be expected to save his club 1.4 runs with his glovework.
Weeks, for the record, had a minus-16.9 UZR/150 in his 95 games and 92 starts at second base.
Gennett, 23, was a 16th round pick by the Brewers in 2009 out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School and made his professional debut with Class-A Wisconsin in 2010 after signing with the Brewers in August 2009.
He then advanced a step each season, progressing to High-A Brevard County in 2011, Double-A Huntsville in 2012 and Triple-A Nashville out of spring training this year before earning his first call to the show on June 3.
He hit .309/.354/.463 at Wisconsin, .300/.334/.406 at Brevard, .293/.330/.385 at Huntsville and .280/.327/.371 at Nashville, but the home run pop he showed at the major-league level came as a surprise. Gennett had hit nine homers in a season twice, in 2010 and 2011, in the minors.
Included in his six dingers for the Crew was a two-homer game in a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Aug. 13. He had three hits in a game four times this season and drove in three runs in a game three times.
He was murder on right-handed pitching, but his lefty swing will need some work against southpaws. Gennett hit .362/.395/.552 in 189 plate appearances against right-handers, but was just 6-for-39 with 13 strikeouts in 41 trips to the plate against lefties.
In all, eight rookie position players played for the Crew in 2013. Besides Gennett, there was Khris Davis (.279, 11 homers, 27 RBI), Jeff Bianchi (played four positions), Logan Schafer (led the team with 11 sacrifice hits), Caleb Gindl (first Brewer to have a walkoff as his first career homer), Sean Halton (four homers, 17 RBI in 111 plate appearances), Josh Prince and Blake Lalli.
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