There was a time when second baseman Jemile Weeks was considered to be the future of the Oakland Athletics. In fact, that was just two years ago.
A young, speedy and entertaining player, Weeks quickly became a fan-favorite. He hit .303 and stole 22 bases in 97 games in 2011, and was primed to build on that success to have a stellar MLB career.
Instead, Weeks is now the DH for the Sacramento Rivercats, the A’s Triple-A affiliate, and has not played a single game in the big leagues this season.
He really struggled in 2012, hitting just .221 in 118 games and spending some time in the minors towards the end of the year.
In an interview with Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group, Weeks blamed his struggles on trying to create a new swing after pitchers had figured him out.
“I was going through a transformation that I didn’t need to, trying to create a swing that I had never used,” he said. “It didn’t look right. It was hard to get out of it. I couldn’t get out of it. I continued to work on creating that new swing, and I couldn’t perfect it. When I tried to go back to what I’m used to, I had lost that.”
While the A’s have not exactly gotten solid production out of their second baseman in 2013, Weeks has continued to toil in the minors, playing as the DH while top prospect Grant Green gets to start at second.
Now, it appears that the A’s are willing to trade their former face of the franchise.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, “two scouts in the past week have said that the A’s are willing to trade Weeks but that Oakland is asking for quite a bit for the onetime A’s starting second baseman.”
From future superstar, to minor league designated hitter. Could Weeks get a new start with another team?