Mar 10, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jemile Weeks (1) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jemile Weeks Added To Baltimore Orioles Roster


 

The Baltimore Orioles have added Jemile Weeks to the 25-man roster to bolster their infield choices in the wake of the oblique injury to Chris Davis. Weeks will trade places from AAA Norfolk with T.J. McFarland, who pitched three innings last evening. This brings the pitching staff back to the more normal total of 12 arms rather than 13.

For one, I certainly applaud this move, having been a long-term skeptic of Ryan Flaherty. Without doubt, Flaherty gives the Orioles more options as a plus-defender in varied positions, along with more occasional power. But Weeks has, in my view, the greater upside potential for much higher offensive production, especially with average, on base percentage, and speed.

Flaherty has struggled terribly to produce much offense for the Orioles thus far in 2014 (currently hitting .183, and .216 career), whereas Weeks has been ripping the ball quite well at Norfolk, hitting .296, and with 16 walks putting up an OBP of .451. Here are his numbers from there…

 

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

2014 Norfolk

17

72

54

5

16

4

3

0

7

4

1

16

10

.296

.451

AAA Career

202

954

803

136

231

33

17

7

79

32

7

131

149

.288

.393

 

To review, here are Jemile Weeks’ numbers from his three years in Oakland. Obviously the Orioles would like to see him return to his form from 2011. There is certainly no guarantee that this could happen, though it seems to me that his chances of becoming an effective MLB player are enhanced by his undeniable athleticism. If he did it in the recent past and there is nothing physically different from that time, why can it not happen again in the right environment?

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2011

24

OAK AL

97

406

50

123

26

8

2

36

22

11

21

62

.303

.340

.421

2012

25

OAK AL

118

444

54

98

15

8

2

20

16

5

50

70

.221

.305

.304

2013

26

OAK AL

8

9

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

.111

.111

.111

3 Yrs

223

859

107

222

41

16

4

56

38

16

71

137

.258

.319

.357

 

Weeks is already off to a good start as an Orioles player. While I’ve written this post, he led off the game with a nine-pitch at bat and single, scoring the first run of the game. I like this guy and would like to see him in Baltimore for a while to come. Run Jemile, run.

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