Today in shameless self-promotion, I feel a certain attachment to Scooter Gennett because of an article that I wrote about him in early June. In this piece, I detailed Gennett’s rise from being a league-average bat over the first four years of his career to putting up the 15th-best wRC+ in the National League in just over of his team’s first 100 games. All of this began when Gennett had a four-homer game early last June.
Long story short, Gennett’s transformation came in a similar way to many other breakout players’. He started to prioritize both launch angle and exit velocity, and in doing so, he has been more selective, tightening the gap between his walk and strikeout rates. So, while the name “Scooter Gennett” may read “utility player” in your head to you too, he truly has become one of the best hitters in the game over the past year-and-a-half.
Click here to read the full article on Beyond The Box Score.