Rickie Weeks: Best Second Baseman in National League?
To be plain and simple: Rickie Weeks is the best overall second baseman in the NL.
In the midst of an extraordinary personal season, the Milwaukee Brewers second baseman finds himself in serious discussions as one of the best at his position, and one of the best overall hitters in the NL.
These are the major and obvious reasons why Weeks is the best of the best.
Fifth in the NL in Assists (247), first in Putouts (234), and tied for second in Double Plays (65).
Leading every category in the NL in defensive statistics is literally impossible. But consistency and legitimacy are what count when you are in the field, and for Weeks to be in the top five in every category is a great addition to his résumé.
Hustle, work ethic, enthusiasm, and desire for the game.
These are a few of the words to describe Weeks.
Routine ground balls to infielders, to some players, seem like a time to jog it out to first. But he hustles every time, giving his all.
You're probably saying to yourself, "What a waste of a slide," but the intangibles of showing up everyday to work on the goal of being the best player on the field only enhances Weeks's game, giving him the title: "Best Leadoff Hitter in the NL."
Ability To Get on Base
Weeks's OBP of .376 should give him rights to be named "one of the best." But when you ponder for a moment what he COULD do, you see he has much more in the tank.
Don't forget how much of a super-prospect Weeks was coming into the 2003 Draft—because his hype wasn't a mistake.
The ability for a team's second baseman to score frequently and get on base is invaluable to a club's success. He has all the tools within him to keep up his amazing year.
As the Milwaukee Brewers try to fight their way back to the postseason, Weeks's abilities will be one of the primary forces in deciding whether or not they will complete the task.
Of all 12 starting second basemen in the NL, Weeks is ranked ninth in batting average (.276 BA).
But to an extent, that stat is much too overrated as far as other statistics go.
Weeks, who has never been known as a power hitter, has the most HR (22) and RBIs (67) among NL second basemen.
With an OPS of .867, only second to Florida's Dan Uggla, Weeks has been consistently knocking in runs left and right, as well as getting on base for Milwaukee, with an OBP of .376.
Continual hitting and scoring for the Milwaukee slugger will only get him more and more attention and recognition—something that he has long deserved.