By Corey R. Cunningham
The red hot Oakland Athletics optioned their prized prospect 2B Jemile Weeks to AAA Sacramento last week. Speculation is the A's will bring back Jemile in September when the rosters expand. The good news here is the A's are still winning, while Weeks gets his hitting back together from a hot 2011 season.
Before Weeks was optioned to AAA, he was batting .220, with 2 HR, 20 RBI, 54 R, and 15 SB in 437 AB. Weeks played 97 G last year, while hitting .303, with 123 H, 26 2B, 8 3B, and 22 SB. Perhaps its the fact the pitchers have figured out Weeks disadvantages at the plate, this is for the poor plate performance, although this year compared to last year he has double his BB, though his SLG has dipped more than 100 points, as well as his OPS and AVG, all three categories to which is important to a top of the line hitter.
Jemile has 6 games under his belt so far in AAA Sacramento and his hitting quite well and hopefully will be back with the big league club very soon. Weeks is hitting .462 with a .548 OBP, .615 SGL, and 1.164 OPS. He has 26 AB, 2 R, 12 H, 4 2B, 9 RBI and 1 SB. It is still early to tell how his production will be in AAA, although I don't suspect he will be in Sacramento very long.