The comparisons between Jemile Weeks and Jose Reyes are only natural. The make-up, the speed, the dreadlocks, both resemble each other immensely. The only real difference is age. Weeks is only three years younger than Reyes, who has already played nine major league seasons.
Coming off a rookie season in which Weeks led the A's in average, perhaps the comparisons are justified. He hit .303 last season, while Reyes hit only .273 in his first full season. Hitting for average is only one part of the game, however, and Weeks still has a lot of work to do to become a better all-around player.
Since his first full year in 2005, Reyes has emerged as one of the league's biggest game-changers. Weeks possesses all the skills required to achieve similar status; it's just a question of whether or not he can put it all together.
Sophomore seasons are usually indicators of whether or not a young player is for real, so this year will be a big step in terms of his development.
Here's how Weeks currently stacks up against Reyes, and what he'll have to improve if he wants to compete on the level of Reyes.