Gennett hit .289 with 54 RBI and 55 runs scored in 440 plate appearances last season while Gomez hit.284 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 574 plate appearances.
Gomez hit .276 with a .356 on-base percentage, .488 slugging percentage and .844 OPS in 106 games as the leadoff hitter in 2014. Gennett hit .323 with a .351 on-base percentage, .505 slugging percentage and .856 OPS in 23 games batting first last season.
"I'm very eager," said Gennett. "For me, I'm not eager about showing or proving [that I can hit lefties], but just for myself, being able to play and have fun every day and get in there every day and crack lefties. That's part of the game -- you don't want to [sit] out. It's back to what I'm used to, and I'm really looking forward to it."
He didn't face one left-handed starting pitcher last year. When batting against southpaw relievers in 2014, he went 4-for-39. Gennett is 10-for-78 against lefties.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this about Gennett's struggles.
"For me, you can't hit lefties unless you can get hit by them," Gennett said, "which means, if there's a guy throwing 97 [mph] and slinging it in there, the only way I'm going to hit him is if I stand in there willing to stay in there and wear one in the neck or the shoulder or the ribs. That's what you have to do to hit lefties. So that's the one thing I worry about -- don't be a scaredy cat and get out of the way, and I'll be all right."
Gennett, 24, has a career batting average of .300 going into his third season with the Brewers.
Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said.
"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added.
Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers.
Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season.
Milwaukee has three shortstops on its 40-man roster with the chance to break camp with the big-league club.
"We want to give Scooter a chance against lefties, but if there's a day off we want to give him, or if it works out that we need to have a [right-handed hitting] guy there more often, who's it going to be?" Roenicke said. "Is it going to be Sardinas? Jimenez, because we know he hits lefties well? Who's that other guy who's going to be there?"
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs Chi. Cubs|
|vs Chi. Cubs||48||11||1||.288||.375||.229|
|vs Turner (Career)||6||1||0||.167||.125||.167|
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|2010||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||118||482||87||149||39||4||9||55||31||91||14||4||.354||.463||.309|
|2011||AFA-Brevard County Manat||134||556||74||167||20||6||9||51||27||69||11||10||.334||.406||.300|
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