Jemile Weeks

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Jemile Weeks
Jemile Weeks on June 7, 2011.jpg
Weeks with the Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres – No. 8
Second baseman
Born: (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 29)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 7, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through July 18, 2016)
Batting average .254
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 62
Stolen bases 41
Teams
Jemile Weeks
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Representing  United States
World University Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 Havana Team

Jemile Nykiwa Weeks (/ɛˈml/ je-MEYEL;[1] born January 26, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

He is the younger brother of Arizona Diamondbacks 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]

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. ^ Jeff Sanders (March 9, 2016). "Padres not short on opportunity for Jemile Weeks". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ KYLE GLASER (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. 

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