Oakland A’s Jemile Weeks – The Interview
Jemile Weeks has had an up-and-down start (no pun intended) to his professional baseball career. The former first round pick (12th overall) of the Oakland A’s in the 2008 MLB Draft and younger brother to current Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, Jemile is still trying to find his footing after a very promising start to his career.
Jemile sailed through the A’s minor league system, never spending more than 100 games at any of the lower levels before getting his first call-up to the big leagues. He got his first taste of the big league in 2011, when he was a mid-season call-up. He burst onto the scene, hitting for a triple-slash line of .303/.340/.421 with 50 R’s, 26 2B’s, 2 HR’s, 36 RBI’s, 22 SB’s, and an OPS of .761, in just 97 games with the ball club. There was high expectations for Weeks coming into the 2012 season, but he saw his numbers fall drastically, hitting .221/.305/.304 with 54 R’s, 15 2B’s, 2 HR’s, 20 RBI’s, 16 SB’s, and an OPS of .609 in 118 games. He was sent back down to triple-A Sacramento where he can refine his skills and work on his game. Going into the 2013 season and Spring Training, he was locked into a tough position battle for second base with Eric Sogard, Grant Green, and Adam Rosales. He would ultimately lose out and start the season back in Sacramento, and has been here ever since.
I had the pleasure of getting to interview Jemile while covering Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. I asked him about what aspects of his game he is currently working on, his stellar OBS percentage, what a position change is like, and how truly fast he really is.
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At 26 years of age, there is still time for Jemile to continue to work and re-tool his game, but not much time, as I’m sure he is anxious to get back in the big leagues and that contributing leadoff hitter he knows he can be for the A’s. In the minors, he is a career .286/.380/.410 hitter who shows great speed and patience at the plate. He just hasn’t been able to bring that with him up to the big leagues. But if and when he does, he could be a dangerous weapon at the top of the order.