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A’s demote Jemile Weeks to Triple-A

Aug 21, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

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The Athletics made room for J.D. Drew‘s little brother by shipping Rickie Weeks‘ little brother back to the minors.

Jemile Weeks, who has struggled all year as Oakland’s starting second baseman, was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday to open up a roster spot for the newly acquired Stephen Drew.

Weeks was an impressive rookie for the A’s last year, hitting .303/.340/.421 with 22 steals in 406 at-bats, but he just wasn’t able to recapture that success. The 25-year-old was batting .220/.305/.302 with 15 steals in 437 at-bats this season.

Jemile doesn’t have the same kind of strikeout problems as his brother, but he also doesn’t possess anywhere near the same amount of power. That he had upped his walk rate in a big way this year — he walked 4.8 percent of the time as a rookie and 9.9 percent of the time this season — helped convince the A’s to stick with him as long as they did, but he’s going to have to start collecting more singles and doubles to be of much use. He’ll be back with the team in September, and if he can get hot at Sacramento, the A’s might give him his starting job back.

  1. rwpsych16 - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Wow not the move I thought they would make, but I guess he will be back up soon anyway.

  2. rmcd13 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I was looking through the plate discipline stats on fangraphs and I was surprised that Weeks is very similar in approach to Ben Zobrist. The big difference between the two is Weeks complete lack of power hitting: 1.7% HR/FB versus 11.5% HR/FB.The sad thing is that Weeks is so small I don’t think he’ll ever develop power. Zobrist is listed as 6-3/200lbs versus Weeks’ 5-9/161.

    From my own limited observations, Weeks is very passive, letting hittable pitches go for strikes until he is forced to swing. His defense is also rated as below average. He’s been a very disappointing player this year.

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