Jemile Weeks

Jemile Nykiwa Weeks (/dʒɛˈmaɪl/ jeh-MYLE;[1] born January 26, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres.

He is the younger brother of free agent second baseman Rickie Weeks.[2] He played college baseball at the University of Miami.

Jemile Weeks
Jemile Weeks on June 7, 2011
Weeks with the Oakland Athletics
Free agent
Second baseman / Outfielder
Born: January 26, 1987 (age 32)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 7, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.254
Home runs4
Runs batted in62
Stolen bases41
Teams

Amateur career

Weeks attended Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida. At Altamonte Springs, Weeks hit .472 as a junior and led the team to a conference title, and also won All-State honors twice. Weeks also went 3-3 with a home run in the 2005 PlayStation All-America Baseball Game and played football for two seasons. Weeks then attended the University of Miami. As a freshman, Weeks hit .352 and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In his junior and final season for Miami, Weeks hit .363 with 13 home runs and a .641 slugging percentage.[3][4]

Weeks was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, but he chose, instead, to attend the University of Miami. He played college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics then selected him twelfth overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Weeks was batting .297 in nineteen games for the Kane County Cougars in 2008 when a torn hip flexor ended his season. He played fall ball with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2009, and was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star. At the start of the 2010 season, Weeks was ranked seventh in Oakland's farm system according to Baseball America[5] and appeared as a non-roster invitee for the Athletics in spring 2011.

He was called up to the majors for the first time on June 7, 2011.[6] He won the MLB Rookie of the Month Award for the American League in June 2011. He batted .309, with seven doubles, three triples, six RBIs, and six stolen bases in this month.

In 2012, Weeks hit .220 with 14 doubles, 8 triples, 2 homers, 20 RBIs, 50 walks, and 15 stolen bases. On August 22, 2012, Weeks was demoted to the Triple-A's Sacramento River Cats when the A's activated outfielder Seth Smith and acquired Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Baltimore Orioles

On December 2, 2013, Weeks and a player to be named later (PTBNL) were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Jim Johnson. The PTBNL was identified as David Freitas on December 12.[7]

Boston Red Sox

The Orioles traded Weeks and Iván DeJesús, Jr. to the Boston Red Sox for Michael Almanzar and Kelly Johnson on August 30, 2014. On December 8, 2014 he was outrighted to AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.[8]

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres signed Weeks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in 2016.[9] He began the season with the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League,[10] and was promoted to the major leagues on April 20.[11] In 17 games with Padres, Weeks only hit .140 with 2 runs batted in and one stolen base.

Chicago Cubs

In December 2016, Weeks signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[12] In 63 games he hit .235 with 2 home runs and 24 runs batted in for the Iowa Cubs. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Acereros de Monclova

On February 13, 2018, Weeks signed with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League.[13] He was released on July 3, 2018.

References

  1. ^ Connolly, Dan. "Orioles trade closer Jim Johnson to Oakland A's for 2B Jemile Weeks," The Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
  2. ^ John Shea, Chronicle Staff Writer (March 7, 2011). "Jemile Weeks comes up big against brother's team". SFGate. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=Jemile-Weeks
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Jemile Weeks". Hurricanesports.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Oakland Athletics: Top 10 Prospects". January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Gleeman, Aaron. "A's place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Orioles acquire minor league catcher David Freitas to complete Jim Johnson trade". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Orioles add Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from Boston". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Sanders, Jeff (March 9, 2016). "Padres not short on opportunity for Jemile Weeks". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Glaser, Kyle (April 3, 2016). "PADRES: Rea, Buchter, Rosales grab final roster spots". Press Enterprise. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Padres promote Jemile Weeks". San Diego Union-Tribune. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 24, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Dec. 10-22". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jemile Weeks refuerza a Acereros". Periódico La Voz (in Spanish). Retrieved February 14, 2018.

External links

2005 Major League Baseball draft

The 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. It is widely considered to be one of the best drafts in recent memory.Source: Major League Baseball 2005 Official Draft Site

2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida from May 21 through May 25. The #1 seeded University of Miami won the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, earning the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It was Miami's first conference championship in baseball after having played as an independent until joining the ACC during the 2004-05 academic year.

2008 was the second year in which the conference used a round robin tournament format, with the team with the best record in each group at the end of the three-game round robin advancing to a one-game championship.

2008 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2008 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2011 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2011 season was the 44th for the franchise in the Bay Area, as well as the 111th in club history. The team was competing for the American League West Division title after a 4-year absence from playoff contention, with a payroll just above $77 million.

2014 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2014 Baltimore Orioles season was the 114th season in franchise history, the 61st in Baltimore, and the 23rd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Birds would finish in first place in the American League East Division and return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, claiming their first division championship since 1997. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series and advanced to the AL Championship Series, where they were in turn swept by the Kansas City Royals.

New Oriole Nelson Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40; following Chris Davis' 2013 championship this was the first time in franchise history two Orioles (or Browns) had won back-to-back home run titles. As a team the Birds hit 211 home runs to lead baseball, their third consecutive 200-homer season (another franchise first).

2014 Oakland Athletics season

The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

2016 San Diego Padres season

The 2016 San Diego Padres season was their 48th season in MLB, and their 12th at Petco Park. The Padres finished with a record of 68 win and 94 losses, and spent most of the season trading with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the last-place spot in the National League West. The Padres set multiple records for offensive futility, becoming the first team in MLB history to fail to score a run in their opening series, being outscored 25-0 in their first three games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They also set the record for most times shutout in their first ten games (5), as well as the largest opening day shutout loss at home in MLB history (0-15 against the Los Angeles Dodgers).

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Rickie Weeks Jr.

Rickie Darnell Weeks Jr. (born September 13, 1982) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays. He was named an MLB All-Star in 2011.

Weeks bats and throws right-handed. Until the 2009 season, Weeks had a distinctive batting stance similar to that of Gary Sheffield, waggling his bat heavily before swinging. The waggle is still present, but noticeably less aggressive. Weeks pointed to this change when asked about his improved presence at the plate in 2009. While primarily a second baseman throughout his career, Weeks transitioned to left field in 2015 and played first base in his final season.

Weeks (surname)

The name Weeks is a non common English surname, usually either a patronymic of the Middle English Wikke ("battle, war") or a topographic or occupational name deriving from Wick ("small, outlying village"). It may also be an Anglification of the Scandinavian habitational name Vik ("small bay, inlet").

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