In a season most A's fans would like to forget, Jemile Weeks was one of the few bright spots for a club that fired its manager mid-season for the first time in a quarter century, and finished 14 games under .500.
The upcoming season isn't looking too promising either, as Billy Beane has once again opted to chase the future, opposed to the present.
During an eventful offseason for the A's, key veterans such as Josh Willingham, Gio Gonzalez, and Trevor Cahill now find themselves wearing different uniforms.
So with plenty of holes in the lineup and rotation, it's safe to assume that younger players will be given a legitimate shot to see major playing time in the 2012 season.
Here are five players that can get A's fans excited during the 2012 season.