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Scooter Gennett trying to positive despite early

By Todd Rosiak of the Journal

March 6, 2014

Phoenix a starting job in the major leagues as a player is tough enough.

But you’re struggling at the plate, as Gennett is, while the competition is the cover off the baseball, like Weeks is, that introduces a new level of stress into the

So with Gennett hitting .077 (1 for 13 with four heading into today’s against the Colorado Rockies at Baseball Park, manager Ron took some time to a few words of encouragement.

It’s just keeping him on what he wants to do, said who is starting Weeks against the Rockies today at Maryvale Park.

I told him yesterday not to about the numbers. I don’t about the numbers, so I don’t they should. I just to see good at-bats and good on defense.

We know he can hit. he’s a .325 hitter or he hit last year, I don’t that.

But he can hit.

Gennett hit in 69 total games with the last season but was especially as the full-time starter after was lost for the year to hamstring in early August.

He hit .358 with five runs and 16 runs batted in Aug. 5 on, with his average the National League over stretch, helping pave the way to spring’s battle at second between the longtime incumbent in and the young upstart in Gennett.

one week of Cactus League now in the books, Weeks sits at with a .778 slugging and .615 on-base percentage. also been turning with how hard he’s hitting the baseball, thanks in part to some off-season he made that included his hands a bit at the plate.

With his own well down from Gennett is focusing on the quality of his which Roenicke has commented has good overall.

The results would be nice, but the progression, said Gennett. putting together better as it goes on. Ultimately that’s all I can try to do.

You try to go up there and get three hits in one that doesn’t really out for you too good.

Just trying to put good at-bats and not be too hard on

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At the same time, being 23 years of age and having never struggled at any level during a quick ascension through the minor-league system, Gennett doubt can creep in on occasion.

It’s tough, he admitted. Any player, any age, any situation, you to do good. You want to have You want to help your out. You want to have days at the ballpark.

But you learn in the leagues that whole the mental side of it leaving at the field and not taking them home with you. a short memory.

You just tools that work for you and you go to those when times get and you usually get through it.

Any talk of and at-bats with Gennett spring also needs to the fact he’s faced a number of left-handed pitchers, the one chink in his armor in 2013. In limited opportunities, Gennett hit .154 (6 for 39 with no homers and no

The experience alone this against lefties figures to him, regardless of the numbers he up against them.

I want to say had six at-bats against lefties four in one game), he said. For me, I those at-bats. Left on you feel like if there’s wrong, you figure it out with matchup. For me it’s just letting the ball go a little put together better at-bats.

Then gradually as I keep them I feel more

It’s a process.

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