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Full Name: Rickie Darnell Weeks Primary Position: 2B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/195 First Game: September 15, 2003
Birthdate: September 13, 1982 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Altamonte Springs, Florida
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Rickie Darnell Weeks, Jr. was born on September 13, 1982 and is a second basemen for the Milwaukee Brewers. Once considered the Brewers' top prospect, Weeks has battled injury and has struggled in the major leagues thus far, though he is still only 24 years old. At Southern University, Weeks was the 2003 recipient of the Golden Spikes Award, which is given each year to the best amateur baseball player in the nation.

Weeks has a younger brother, Jemile, who was also drafted by the Brewers, but chose to attend the University of Miami for baseball instead and is an all-conference second basemen for the Hurricanes. He will most likely be drafted again next year.

Biography

Minors

Drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2003 June amateur draft, Weeks batted so well in his first few months in the minor leagues that he was among those brought up by the Brewers during September call-ups in 2003. He made his major league debut on September 15 in an 11-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Weeks spent the entire 2004 season in Double-A and batted .259 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs and was promoted to Triple-A for the 2005 season.

His tenure in Triple-A was only long enough for him to make 203 at bats, but he made sure he didn't waste many. He batted .320 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs and had an OPS of 1.058, an amazing number considering Weeks was the leadoff hitter.

Majors

2005

Due to his performance in Triple-A, the Brewers called him up for the remainder of the 2005 season. In 96 games in Milwaukee, Weeks hit .239 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs, hitting his first major league home run against that year's AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana in the same game that his close friend and teammate, Prince Fielder, also hit his first career home run.

2006

Weeks played 95 games, mostly in the leadoff position, for Milwaukee in 2006. He hit .279 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 359 at bats before going on the shelf for the remainder of the season due to wrist surgery.

2007

Weeks began the season as the leadoff hitter for the Brewers, who have been in first place since early May, despite limited production out of Weeks. Although Weeks was batting just .243 at the end of May, he had scored 34 runs already for the team, a testament mostly to the hitters behind him in the lineup.

Weeks' wrists began to bother him again at the end of May, and he spent two weeks on the disabled list resting and rehabbing and lost his spot as the leadoff hitter to Corey Hart. Upon his return, he hit six doubles in his first five games back but recorded only three hits in his next 36 at bats and was benched in favor of Craig Counsell just before the All-Star Break.

Weeks was sent down to the minors at the end of July to try to build his confidence back up. It must've worked, as he was back in the majors two weeks later and batted .273 with 11 homers the rest of the way.

2008

Weeks picked up where he left off in 2007 in a sense, as he scored a run in each of the first four games of the season to break Paul Molitor's team record for consecutive games with a run scored. Weeks' 17th game with a run also tied a modern day National League record.

Scouting Report

On his better days, Weeks will show off the fact that he is without a doubt a five-tool player. He possesses one of the quickest bats in the league, but his vision at the plate is lacking at times. He has above average speed and has the ability to hit 20+ home runs if he stays healthy and makes contact. In 2006, his defensive shortcomings were widely publicized, as he committed 22 errors in just 92 games, four errors more than Chase Utley, who played nearly every game, but in 2007, Weeks has improved ten-fold, committing six errors in 60 games for a .979 fielding percentage, which certainly isn't great but is a definite improvement.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2003 MIL N 7 12 1 2 0 0 .167 .286 .250 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
2005 MIL N 96 360 56 86 13 42 .239 .333 .394 13 2 40 96 11 2 15 2 11
2006 MIL N 95 359 73 100 8 34 .279 .363 .404 15 3 30 92 19 2 19 1 6
2007 MIL N 118 409 87 96 16 36 .235 .374 .433 21 6 78 116 14 3 25 5 3
Total 316 1140 217 284 37 112 .249 .357 .410 50 11 149 310 45 7 59 8 20

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2003 MIL N 2B 4 2 21 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
2005 MIL N 2B 95 94 837.1 178 233 21 60 0 0 0 0 0 .951
2006 MIL N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 MIL N 2B 92 90 794 177 261 22 68 0 0 0 0 0 .952
2007 MIL N 2B 115 111 984 232 286 13 73 0 0 0 0 0 .976
Total 2B 306 297 2636.1 588 781 57 201 0 0 0 0 0 .960
Total DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

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  • Selected by Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (2nd pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 3, 2003 - signed August 7, 2003).

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