Jemile Weeks scouting report

Jemile Weeks was the Athletics' first-round selection (12th overall) in the June 2008 free agent amateur draft out of the University of Miami. He has above-average bat speed and athleticism and plays with energy. He is a tick below-average defender, but he has improved his ability to turn the double play. His arm and arm accuracy are below average, but the latter is better than it was when he was at Miami. He’s always had the potential to be a top-of-the-order (probably No. 2 hitter) offensive player with some pop from both sides of the plate, but he has not lived up to his abilities because of multiple leg and hip injuries.

Weeks, 24, has above average quickness with the potential of stealing 20 bases. He will spray the ball to all fields with 10 homer potential from both sides of the plate, if he ever gets enough plate appearances. Unfortunately, he has still never gotten 350 at-bats in a single season at any level. He needs at-bats, reps and experience.

He doesn’t have the potential to be an impact, top-of-the-order player, but he does have a chance to become a complementary player on a championship caliber club.

BOTTOM LINE: Jemile Weeks should develop into a No. 2 hitter that hits .280 or .290 with 10 homer power while stealing 15-20 bases. He’ll be a below-average defender at second base with inconsistent defensive skills. He’ll play the game with enthusiasm, but he won't be able to live up to the expectations of a first-round pick.

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