September 14th, 2016 | Posted in News

SXP Player Series: Scooter Gennett

By Adam Maher

Milwaukee Brewers starting second baseman Scooter Gennett is only 26 years old, but it’s safe to say he has become an MLB mainstay. A four-year MLB veteran, Gennett is batting a solid .280 for his career with the Brewers. It is no surprise he is on pace to hit twice as many home runs this season than last season.

Scooter uses a Swing XP Power Pro 34 training bat every day as part of his hit training regimen. Without a doubt, Scooter is part of an elite group of modern second basemen who bring serious power hitting to the plate. Swing XP is excited to have Scooter as part of our team!

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Scooter Gennett on why he uses Swing XP:

I wouldn’t use it in a game…[but] if it was [game-legal], I might use it because I hit so good with it. It’s something that’s helped me, helped my game and, ultimately, I think it will help out a lot of people that decide to try it out, just because it teaches you to take the right swing and to approach the ball the right way.

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Starting second baseman on the Brewers. Living the dream, huh?

Absolutely. It’s something that I’ve worked all my life towards, and it’s just nice to have the opportunity to play everyday. To live out that dream is something that I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to do.

What made you fall in love with the game of baseball?

I would say just growing up in Cincinnati, my father, he played a little bit of baseball growing up, and he would take me to the Reds games when I was real young. And man, I just loved everything about it—walking into the stadium and just that smell of a ballpark is something that I always loved. Not only that, but just seeing all of the fans there, and these guys were like heroes to me. So I think that really turned me on towards baseball, and, you know, at a young age you don’t realize all the hard work that it’s going to take to get to that level, but at that age, it was just a dream of mine to play in the big leagues. Really, the credit goes to my parents, giving me the opportunity to practice baseball, and to drive me places, and get me the opportunity to play games, it was a big piece of that.

How did you become a second baseman?

I played shortstop all the way up till Low-A. I played half short, half second in Low-A, and I remember they talked to me. I was hitting really well my first year—I was up to .350 a couple months into the season—and they approached me. They were like, ‘Hey, we see you as a guy that can possibly help us out in the big leagues, and right now we have Alcides Escobar at short.’ And they were like, ‘He’s a really good shortstop, so we think it’s best if you move to second base.’ So I did that, and they ended up trading Escobar and signing Rickie Weeks to a four-year deal. But it ended up working out because at the time it was like, ‘Man, that kind of sucks.’ But I think I profile more as a second baseman.

Who was your favorite ball player growing up?

I’d say Barry Larkin. He was always my guy. I had to have his glove that he had with Wilson. And he was just a great role model, and he went about his business the right way on and off the field. He was a leader on the field. He always had that “C” above his number on his jersey. He was my guy. He was a guy that I looked up to. He was like a hero to me.

What comes to mind after making perfect contact with a baseball?

I guess for a split second there, there’s a sense of accomplishment because it’s not easy to do. But then, really, just run hard. Always expect to get a double until they throw that ball into the infielders. I think that’s the biggest thing—once you hit the ball hard, you got to start hustling and run as hard as you can to possibly get some extra bases.

What is your favorite sport besides baseball?

I enjoy bowling in the offseason with my buddies. Once a week we go bowling and just have a good time, man. I watch it a little bit on TV. I’m not hardcore [to the point where] I have a favorite bowler or anything like that. But I enjoy bowling. It’s something that everybody can enjoy doing. If you’re not too good, they can put up the bumpers for you, and you can still enjoy it.

What is something baseball fans might not know about you?

I enjoy ceramics. It’s something that I did in high school. I took six courses of ceramics pottery, and they have a wheel and people make vases and all kinds of stuff on the wheel. And that was a big interest of mine. I took six courses, like I said, I got a portfolio credit. It was just an easy way for me to kind of escape all of the pressures when it comes to baseball or in life. It just kind of put my mind off of things, and it’s something that I continue to do and enjoy doing.

Talk about why you use Swing XP.

Well, there are a few reasons. I would say No. 1, it’s got that weight on the bottom, on the knob, which is important, because when you have it in your hands and you kind of flick your wrists and feel the weight of it, it feels like a normal bat. It’s not top-heavy, which most bats are that have weight, that are weighted at the end or what not, so it feels like a normal bat, and when you swing it, though, it keeps your hands, it actually makes your hands stay inside of the ball, which means that basically the knob goes first towards the ball and then barrel comes second, which is what you want. You don’t want to get around the ball; you don’t want your barrel going around first. You want your hands to work through the ball, and I think that’s the whole design behind it—you get a little more weight, you can build some strength, but also, it teaches you muscle memory to actually take the right swing path and approach the ball the right way.

I would say another good reason that I use it is you can actually take BP with it. It’s a normal bat; it’s just got the weight on the knobs. Most bats you might just be able to…hit off the tee with or [take] dry swings, but with this bat, you’re able to take regular batting practice. I wouldn’t use it in a game…[but] if it was [game-legal], I might use it because I hit so good with it. It’s something that’s helped me, helped my game and, ultimately, I think it will help out a lot of people that decide to try it out, just because it teaches you to take the right swing and to approach the ball the right way.