Like in year’s past, second base looks as if it will be headed the way of a platoon. Leading the way seems to be Scooter Gennett, who has cemented his fandom with Brewers fans in recent years but whose production has also been sheltered.
Gennett has had the problem of an inability of hitting against lefties. This is mainly in part due to former manager Ron Roenicke not giving him a real chance to produce. Last season, Gennett hit a decent .279 against right-handers. However, that wasn’t the case against lefties, where he hit at a poor .114.
For Gennett to be a productive bat in the lineup, he needs to come around and get solid contact against both lefties and righties. Unfortunately he was not given a proper chance by Roenicke, and it seems to have set him back.
The man that seems to be next in line at receiving playing time at second is Aaron Hill. Hill may also receive time at third base throughout the year, but second base is where he has made his name known throughout his career. Don’t be surprised if Hill receives more playing time than Gennett, especially if Scooter comes out of the gates struggling.
There are also a few young guys that could make some noise in Spring Training. Colin Walsh is a former Cardinals draft pick that hit over .300 Double-A last season in the Texas league. Andy Wilkins has seen limited time with the White Sox at the major leagues but his production has also been limited. Nonetheless, don’t expect many of them to see much time at the MLB level with Milwaukee, if any.
From where things stand now, all signs point to another platoon forming at second base. Hopefully Craig Counsell is able to break the mold and is able to raise Gennett’s trade stock throughout the season, which means having him raise his batting average against left-handers.
The common denominator of Hill and Gennett is that with production, the Brewers may be able to flip them come July 31st. Neither of them are really seen as the second-baseman of the future, especially with the stacks of talent Milwaukee has in developing in the Minors, starting with Gilbert Lara. But for the 2016 season, the position will mainly be filled by Gennett and Hill.