Saturday, December 11, 2004

Rickie Weeks Report

Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted 2nd Overall, 2003 Draft, Southern University
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 195 lbs

Weeks was a real disappointment this season, hitting .259/.366/.407 for Huntsville. But in retrospect, expectations were probably a bit higher than they should have been. Weeks was coming from Southern, which isn't exactly a top flight D1 program. And a consolidation year is to be expected. With 55 walks in 479 at bats, he still had a good walk rate. He still pounded out 35 doubles. And his defense has improved to the extent that scouts aren't talking about a possible move to center field anymore. I'd still rate him as one of the best middle infield prospects in the game today. And I still expect to see him take over as the full time second baseman in Milwaukee in late 2005 or early 2006. He smacked the hell out of the ball in the Arizona Fall League to the tune of .382/.520/.737 with 17 walks and 18 K's.

ETA: Late 2005
4 1/2 Stars

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