Ended 2009 At: Midland (AA)
Should Begin 2010 At: Midland (AA)
2009 Statistics: .299/.385/.468 with 7 HR, 40/26 K/BB, and 5 SB in 70 games at Stockton (High-A); .238/.303/.343 with 2 HR, 16/10 K/BB, and 4 SB in 27 games at Midland (AA)
Defensive Reputation: Average
The A’s top second-base prospect, Weeks, the club’s first-rounder in 2008, is widely considered to be a top-50 prospect in all of baseball (I have him a bit lower, but still in the top 100).
Yet another switch-hitter, Weeks was excellent in High-A just 19 games into his pro career, earning a promotion to Double-A very quickly. He’s got doubles power and could hit 15-20 HR a season in the majors. His offensive skill set is a bit like Derek Jeter’s—above-average speed, average to above-average power, and solid contact skills. His batting stance evokes Jeter as well.
Poor statistics in Double-A late in the season were more a product of a BABIP fluctuation (.264, compared to .344 at Stockton) than any sort of skill issues, as his walk-to-strikeout ratio basically stayed the same after the promotion, and he actually made more contact.
Weeks, like Wimberly (and his brother, Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks), is extremely athletic but unpolished in the field, leading to some spectacular plays and some very poor ones. However, he’s considered ahead of his brother defensively at this point, and should be at least an acceptable second baseman in the majors.
He’ll return to Double-A in 2010. The organization may promote him aggressively; they may need him to take over for Ellis at the beginning of 2011 after the incumbent’s contract expires.