Jemile Weeks

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Jemile Weeks
Jemile Weeks on June 7, 2011.jpg
Weeks with the Oakland Athletics
Free agent
Second baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 31)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 7, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .254
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 62
Stolen bases 41
Teams

Jemile Nykiwa Weeks (/ɛˈml/ jeh-MYLE;[1] born January 26, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres.

He is the younger brother of Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Rickie Weeks.[2] He played college baseball at the University of Miami.

Amateur career[edit]

Weeks attended Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida. At Altamonte Springs, Weeks hit .472 as a junior and led the team to a conference title, and also won All-State honors twice. Weeks also went 3-3 with a home run in the 2005 PlayStation All-America Baseball Game and played football for two seasons. Weeks then attended the University of Miami. As a freshman, Weeks hit .352 and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In his junior and final season for Miami, Weeks hit .363 with 13 home runs and a .641 slugging percentage.[3][4]

Weeks was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, but he chose, instead, to attend the University of Miami. He played college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

The Oakland Athletics then selected him twelfth overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Weeks was batting .297 in nineteen games for the Kane County Cougars in 2008 when a torn hip flexor ended his season. He played fall ball with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2009, and was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star. At the start of the 2010 season, Weeks was ranked seventh in Oakland's farm system according to Baseball America[5] and appeared as a non-roster invitee for the Athletics in spring 2011.

He was called up to the majors for the first time on June 7, 2011.[6] He won the MLB Rookie of the Month Award for the American League in June 2011. He batted .309, with seven doubles, three triples, six RBIs, and six stolen bases in this month.

In 2012, Weeks hit .220 with 14 doubles, 8 triples, 2 homers, 20 RBIs, 50 walks, and 15 stolen bases. On August 22, 2012, Weeks was demoted to the Triple-A's Sacramento River Cats when the A's activated outfielder Seth Smith and acquired Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On December 2, 2013, Weeks and a player to be named later (PTBNL) were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Jim Johnson. The PTBNL was identified as David Freitas on December 12.[7]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

The Orioles traded Weeks and Iván DeJesús, Jr. to the Boston Red Sox for Michael Almanzar and Kelly Johnson on August 30, 2014. On December 8, 2014 he was outrighted to AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.[8]

San Diego Padres[edit]

The San Diego Padres signed Weeks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in 2016.[9] He began the season with the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League,[10] and was promoted to the major leagues on April 20.[11] In 17 games with Padres, Weeks only hit .140 with 2 runs batted in and one stolen base.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

In December 2016, Weeks signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[12] In 63 games he hit .235 with 2 home runs and 24 runs batted in for the Iowa Cubs. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Acereros de Monclova[edit]

On February 13, 2018, Weeks signed with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League.[13] He was released on July 3, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Dan. "Orioles trade closer Jim Johnson to Oakland A's for 2B Jemile Weeks," The Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
  2. ^ John Shea, Chronicle Staff Writer (March 7, 2011). "Jemile Weeks comes up big against brother's team". SFGate. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=Jemile-Weeks
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Jemile Weeks". Hurricanesports.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Oakland Athletics: Top 10 Prospects". January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gleeman, Aaron. "A's place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Orioles acquire minor league catcher David Freitas to complete Jim Johnson trade". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Orioles add Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from Boston". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Sanders, Jeff (March 9, 2016). "Padres not short on opportunity for Jemile Weeks". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ Glaser, Kyle (April 3, 2016). "PADRES: Rea, Buchter, Rosales grab final roster spots". Press Enterprise. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Padres promote Jemile Weeks". San Diego Union-Tribune. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 24, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Dec. 10-22". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jemile Weeks refuerza a Acereros". Periódico La Voz (in Spanish). Retrieved February 14, 2018. 

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