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Jemile Weeks might be switching to center field

Jul 1, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

Jemile Weeks, Josh Reddick Reuters

Jemile Weeks has fallen out of the A’s plans since a strong rookie season in 2011, spending part of last season and all of this season back at Triple-A, and now he’s trying to learn a new position.

Weeks, who previously played only second base and a little shortstop, is starting to see some action in center field.

A’s manager Bob Melvin indicated to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that the new position was Weeks’ idea and “there’s a fit for it because there’s quite a log jam trying to get him consistent at-bats at second base” at Triple-A.

Of course, his defensive position won’t matter much if Weeks doesn’t pick things up offensively. He’s hitting just .264 with two homers and a .748 OPS in 73 games at Triple-A after hitting .221 with two homers and a .609 OPS in 118 games for the A’s last year.

  1. dhalb34 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    He’s a talented player, but I think Billy Beane would be wise to deal him. Get some arms in Triple A because the well is dry right now. My question is when will they call up Grant Green? Because Chris Young hasn’t been much this season.

    • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Grant Green plays second. Not CY’s position. If the A’s thought he would be more valuable than Rosales or Sogard he would be in the Majors. I think the middle infileder #1 picks were a bust. Move on.

  2. joelwrobinson - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Trade him. And do it yesterday.

    • paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Trade him for what?

      He’s a 26 yr old former IF that could play average defense and can’t hit. Now, he’s a recently converted CF, who can’t play average defense in the OF and can’t hit.

  3. yahmule - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    That stick sure won’t play any better in the OF.

  4. scatterbrian - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    “He’s hitting just .264 with two homers and a .748 OPS…”

    A .385 OBP and 11 steals in 12 attempts isn’t terrible.

  5. memphistigers311 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Well it isn’t terrible, but when you subtract the easy factor from triple A pitching and knock about 40-50pts off the average for Big league pitching. We are right back where started… 226avg…2hr.. .608ops…… etc

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