Promoted to the majors for the first time on June 7, 2011, Jemile Weeks made an immediate impact for the Oakland Athletics. Exploding offensively, Weeks achieved the rare feat of winning Rookie of the Month honors within his first 30 days of MLB action. He quickly earned the full-time starting role as the A’s second baseman and continued to impress throughout the rest of the season. Setting the tone as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, Weeks’ team-leading .303 batting average also ranked tops among American League rookies with at least 400 plate appearances, and his .310 batting average after the All-Star break was the ninth-best in all of baseball. Despite playing just over half the season, he still ranked fourth in the AL in triples. Weeks’ explosive speed and immense talent make him an extremely valuable member of the Oakland organization, and the A’s see him as a critical part of their long-term future. In addition to his active participation in A’s Community Fund charity efforts, Weeks also is very involved in the Weeks to Success Leadership Program, an organization aimed at giving baseball-playing opportunities to inner-city youth.
Born: Jan. 26, 1987 | Height: 5’9’’ | Weight: 160 lb. | Bats: Both | Throws: Right | College: University of Miami | Team: Oakland Athletics