Weeks highlights cast of AFL-bound A's

SEATTLE -- Second baseman Jemile Weeks, Oakland's first pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, headlines the abbreviated list of A's prospects who have been tabbed to play in 2009 edition of the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Weeks, who missed much of his first year of pro ball with a hip injury, is currently playing for Double-A Midland of the Texas League, batting .224 with a .373 on-base percentage in 16 games through Monday.

The 18th annual Arizona Fall League season begins on Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 19 with the Rising Stars game on Nov. 7 and the Championship game set for Nov. 21. Every game can be followed live on Gameday on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.

A product of the University of Miami and the younger brother of former AFL partcipant and Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, Jemile Weeks opened the year at extended Spring Training before joining Class A Stockton. In 50 games with the Ports, he batted .299 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and a .385 OBP.

Also selected from the A's organization for AFL duty with the Phoenix Desert Dogs were outfielders Corey Brown and Grant Desme. Through Monday, Desme was batting .299 with 17 homers, 47 RBIs and a .389 OBP in 59 games at Stockton. Brown was batting .263 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and a .339 OBP at Midland.

The A's also will send four pitchers to the AFL, but the names of those players have not yet been released.

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