I’ve been hearing a lot of how much Rickie Weeks sucks lately, and I wanted to lay out my personal thoughts on Weeks. I couldn’t really think of a good way to put it in words, so here’s a graph with my thoughts on Rickie’s offense.
This graph compares Rickie to the top 40 second basemen in the league by plate appearances. So this compares him to all starters plus some platoon players or players who filled in with injuries. The thick lines are the league averages, the dotted lines are Rickie’s stats.
To see the graph in a larger form, right click on the image and click “view image.”
Now I realize this doesn’t address the aspect of defense, but he’s much better now than his early career (-9.1 UZR in 2006, -4.7 in 2008). With improvement this year, we could be looking at a very good Rickie Weeks in 2009.
Even if he doesn’t improve, we still have a league average second basemen, which is more than a lot of teams (such as the Chicago Cubs) can say.