By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 16, 2010
You have to like Jemile Weeks for what he is – a switch-hitting slap hitter who can run and pick it enough at second. Weeks’s best tool, by far, is his speed. After that, it’s the ability to spray the ball from both sides of the plate.
I can see Weeks developing into an average major league second baseman if he can more consistently put the ball in play, keep it on the ground and out of the air, and use his above-average speed to his advantage.
But Weeks didn’t hit anything hard in BP or in game when I saw him. He will not have home run and extra-base power. He will have to leg out his extra-base hits. He will not be a premium defender or have premium arm strength. He is an above-average athlete with quickness and reflexes. He’ll need to be a grinder and really know how to play the game, because he won’t have the physical tools to wing it at the big league level. I’m not writing him off at age 23, but I’d like to see more consistent defense, in-game contact, and arm accuracy in this player’s near future. I’d like his game to reflect his tools.
If Weeks can do that, he can be a starting second baseman, but he will not be a franchise player at his position. If he cannot adjust, he’s a probable fifth infielder and speedy bench player. He’s more of a complementary player than a cornerstone, the guy you build with and not around. He can help you in the leadoff or No. 2 spot in a perfect world, but he is not ready for the major leagues in 2010.
Games 2, Innings: 18
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slight build without physical projection. Average limb length; nimble athletic actions; limited strength.
STREGTHS: Switch-hitting spray hitter to all fields. Above-average runner. Average arm strength, above-average quickness. Average fielder.
WEAKNESSES: Slap contact and not hard contact, no power projection.
SUMMARY: Modest offensive potential at second base; hard to envision first-division offensive capabilities. Switch-hitting and above-average speed are best tools; might profile as fifth infielder over course of many years.
Overall Future Potential: 54
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