View Full Version : Jemile Weeks

04-01-2008, 11:27 AM
Rickie's brother 2b for the Hurrican's. Ideal switch hitting leadoff hitter that we need. The only problem is the 2b thing. I can't find any information anywhere on his arm strength but with the speed he has he could easily play SS. Does anyone know of any report that says he has a weak arm. If he has a solid arm I would think he could be converted over to SS, giving us the true SS prospect we need, plus the leadoff hitter. If Kriv and his guys could stretch out his arm, he might not be a bad pick at #7 if Beckman is gone.

Scouts and college recruiters were determined to give Weeks a chance to succeed. His brother, Rickie, received only one college scholarship offer — to Southern — and became the No. 2 overall draft selection in 2003. Jemile projects as a typical second baseman — a slick fielder with speed who can get on-base and can hit at the top of a lineup. Weeks has plus speed and good baserunning instincts. He can hit the ball out of the park, but has more success when he makes contact.

Weeks regressed in sophomore year, striking out more and drawing fewer walks. He’ll need to draw more walks to show that he can be a solid leadoff hitter.

04-01-2008, 11:33 AM
Well found my answer:

Jemile Weeks is the younger brother of Rickie Weeks, the Milwaukee Brewers' second baseman. Much like his older brother, Jemile is a ridiculously athletic middle infielder. Overall, though, there are just as many differences between the two brothers as there are similarities.

Jemile is a prototypical leadoff type hitter. He offers pure speed that rates a 70 or even an 80 on the scouting scale. He has the same strong wrists and quick bat as his brother, and he's a switch hitter to boot. Jemile does not, however, bring the same kind of power to the plate that Rickie does, as his overall physical strength is not as great. Jemile has excellent on base skills, with very good plate discipline to go along with the ability to make consistent, solid contact. He does have the ability to drive the ball with some power into the gaps, making him a triple waiting to happen.

In the field, Jemile uses his small, nimble frame to play a well above average second base. The same speed that makes him such a threat on the basepaths translates into excellent range in the middle of the diamond. Along with his range, Weeks has extremely quick hands, allowing him to make a fast transfer from glove to throwing hand. His arm is also above average, allowing him to make plays that very few other second baseman can. He's a polished, fundamentally sound player in all phases of the game, with good footwork and an excellent idea of what he wants to do at all times.

04-01-2008, 02:54 PM
The Reds aren;t interested. OBP is his game.

04-01-2008, 03:17 PM
The Reds aren;t interested. OBP is his game.

Dusty Baker doesn't run the farm or the draft.... so that should have no bearing on taking him.

04-01-2008, 06:02 PM
Don't draft for major league need. Brandon Phillips is great and all, but who knows where he'll be in 3-4 years or what other needs the team will have. You draft a guy like Weeks and assuming he succeeds, there will be a way to take advantage of it. If Phillips is blocking him, maybe he's the 3B or CF of the future. Maybe he becomes an awesome trading chip to get a pitcher. Who knows?

If he's worth the pick, he's worth the pick -- don't worry about where he fits in to the major league picture.

04-02-2008, 01:19 PM
From Kevin Goldstein's BP chat today...

Lonestar (Deep in the heart of Texas): Where does Jemile Weeks currently slot? Would he be too much of a risk for the Twins at #14? Seems like a perfect fit.

Kevin Goldstein: 14 seems a little high, but he could work his way up there. He's added a power element to his game, and his kind of athleticism is hard to find in the college ranks this year. I'll have much more on him in part 2 of the draft notebook later this week.


Sounds like #7 is too high for him at this point. However there's still plenty of ball to be played.