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In need of offense, A’s could turn to Jemile Weeks

May 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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Three years after being taken in the first round by the A’s out of the University of Miami, second baseman Jemile Weeks seems to be nearing the majors.  Rickie’s little brother is hitting a cool .327/.427/.482 with two homers, 14 RBI and six steals in 110 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento.   A switch-hitter, he’s batting .324 against lefties and .329 versus righties.

The A’s weren’t expecting to need a replacement at second base this year after spending more than they likely needed to in picking up Mark Ellis‘ $6 million option for 2011.  Ellis, always a rock-solid performer when healthy, was coming off a fine .291/.358/.381 season in 2010.

Second basemen, though, do have a history of losing it early, and Ellis is a 33-year-old with a lengthy injury history (he’s played in 130 games just twice as a major leaguer).  His ugly .194/.221/.269 start in 134 at-bats this season might be more than just an extended slump.  And it’s not only the batting average: with no homers, six RBI and a measly four walks on the season, he’s done nothing at all to help the A’s offensively.

Ellis is still a fine defender and the A’s would be downgrading there if they went to Weeks, but it might be worth it to make the switch anyway.  Weeks doesn’t have his brother’s power, but he’s not punchless either and that he walks almost as much as he strikes out should give him a nice on-base percentage.

Considering that the A’s have actually slipped behind the Mariners in runs per game, leaving them only ahead of the Twins in the AL, they don’t have much to lose by giving Weeks a try.

  1. jdl1325 - May 16, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Please god, do something, anything.

  2. Old Gator - May 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Nice picture. He has a bit of the ol’ Oscar Gamble mystique about him.

  3. APBA Guy - May 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    JDL has captured the “sense of the A’s fans” exactly. Although Beane is reportedly happy that Tottenham is in the Europa League for next year, and when the EPL season ends next weekend he’ll presumably be free to pay attention to baseball once again.

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