From the moment Jemile Weeks first donned the Green and Gold jersey of the Oakland Athletics he became a fan favorite. Weeks flashy play and lightning speed brought about a new style of play, that A’s fans hadn’t seen in years from a middle infielder. Longtime second baseman Mark Ellis became expendable because of Weeks hot start with the A’s. Although the 2011 Athletics failed to make much noise, Weeks looked like the future face of the franchise after batting over .300 and stealing 22 bases in only 97 games.
The 2012 season saw the Oakland Athletics become the darlings of the east bay as Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes and a plethora of young pitchers led the A’s to a surprising AL West Championship. Although the A’s shined bright, Jemile Weeks career took a turn for the worse. Weeks did not look comfortable at the plate all season long and his defense became shaky. The once thought face of the franchise was demoted to AAA where he has basically stayed to this day.
This season Weeks has played all over the diamond, as the A’s are looking for a permanent position for him. This might not be a good sign for Weeks, because the A’s brass probably sees him as a future utility guy for the big league club, which is a far fetch from the face of the franchise. With the trade of Grant Green for the veteran Alberto Callaspo and the release of Adam Rosales, it looks as though Weeks won’t see much time in Oakland this season. However, the departure of Green opens up an opportunity for weeks next season as the weak hitting Eric Sogard will likely be his only competition.Weeks must prove that he has improved his defense and that he can provide the same offensive spark that he did in 2011 if he wants to have a future with the Oakland Athletics.
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