Prior to the 2012 season, Jemile Weeks was considered a cornerstone player for the Oakland Atheltics. Athletics GM Billy Beane went on the record saying that Weeks was the A’s only untouchable player on the roster. While many once had high hopes for Weeks, his career has gone downhill since 2012. He struggled offensively and defensively the last two seasons, and he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles during the offseason.
Despite all of his recent struggles, Weeks deserves a fair shot to win the second base job for Baltimore this season. At only 27 years of age, Weeks can still turn everything around. Weeks was the 12th overall pick of the draft in 2008, and he is a very talented player.
Weeks has a quick bat, and he also has dynamic speed. He is also just two seasons removed form an excellent rookie year. In 2011, Weeks batted .303 with 22 steals and a .760 OPS in 406 at bats. In the first spring training game this season, Weeks got his tenure with the Orioles off to a fast start. He collected two hits in two at bats, and he was the main contributor to the 4-2 win over the Rays. While it is only one spring training game, it should serve as a reminder of the player’s talent.
Ryan Flaherty is considered the favorite to be the Orioles starting second baseman, but Weeks should not be discounted. With his talent and blazing speed, Weeks has the potential to be a factor for the Orioles. If he has a strong Spring Training, Weeks should be the Orioles’ opening day second baseman.