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1/26/1987 (30 y, 24 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 12, Overall: 12, Team: Oakland Athletics
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Weeks has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune reports. (12/29/2016)
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The A’s appear to be enamored with Weeks’ skill set -- declaring him the only player off limits during this offseason’s talent auction -- and they have good reason to. Weeks hits from both sides of the plate and hits for a high average due to his low strikeout rate and speed. Weeks even showed a tendency to walk a good deal in the minors, though he didn’t show that skill in his first Major League season. On the downside, Weeks doesn’t have any real power to speak of and his frame suggests he won’t be developing any. Also, Oakland’s offense is going to be mostly anemic in 2012, hurting Weeks runs scored and RBI. He is still going to be a nice second base pick, as he’ll be undervalued in most drafts because he plays in Oakland and went mostly unnoticed last season. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Weeks hits for a high average and steals bases, and he’s even showed a penchant for walking while in the Minor Leagues. He may not hit .300 again in the near future, but Weeks will be a relatively cheap option to fill your second base spot next season and provide steals.
Jemile Weeks' 2012 campaign could be accurately described as the lesser part of A Tale of Two Cities: "...it was the worst of times..it was the season of Darkness...it was the winter of despair..." Perhaps more accurately Weeks' struggles can be summed up by his weak batting line of just .221/.305/.304. That line didn't happen in just a two week slump, no, this gruesome triple slash was a novel told over the course of four months. After posting a .350 batting average on balls in play in 2011, last season was a case of severe regression. Weeks managed a .256 BABIP and couldn't recover. His true talent level is certainly in between those marks, and given his lack of power, average and steals is what is going to be his breadwinner in fantasy circles. With the return of Scott Sizemore to the keystone, its hard to imagine Weeks breaking camp as the starting second baseman. And now that the Athletics have added Jed Lowrie on the infield, his path to playing time is even more crowded. Maybe a trade is in his future. (
The Quick Opinion:
A Weeks' worth of struggle stretched out for four months last season. Weeks struggled mightily in his sophomore effort, and has potentially played himself out of a starting role in 2013.
Weeks arrived in Baltimore as the return for O's Closer Jim Johnson heading to Oakland. While this appears to largely have been a cost-saving move, the Orioles do seem to like Weeks considerably. The second base job in Baltimore is open, but he will have to beat out Ryan Flaherty in the short term and perhaps Jonathan Schoop in the long term if he wants the job. Weeks should get the chance to show what he can do at least until Manny Machado returns from knee surgery. In college at the University of Miami and in the minor leagues, Weeks proved to be a dangerous power/speed combo who controlled the strike zone well. We're only a couple years removed from Weeks looking like Oakland's best young piece, too. There is definitely potential for surprising fantasy upside in hitter friendly Camden Yards if Weeks can get himself straightened out. (Al Skorupa)
The Quick Opinion:
After an exciting rookie season Weeks bombed his sophomore year and never got back into favor in Oakland. With plus speed and surprising pop, Weeks has considerable fantasy upside moving to Baltimore.
Jemile Weeks had that fantastic rookie campaign where he hit .303/.340/.421 over 97 games, stealing 22 bags along the way. He never got started in 2012, and since then he's been irrelevant in real and fantasy baseball formats. Now with the Boston Red Sox, he'll likely start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket and unless disaster strikes Dustin Pedroia, he'll likely stay there until rosters expand in August. Now 28 years of age, he's organizational depth at this stage, and can be ignored in all formats. (
The Quick Opinion:
From exciting younger brother hot prospect to organizational depth, Jemile Weeks has fallen out of fantasy relevance.
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