In 2009, however, the 26 year-old is finally thumping opposing pitchers like many scouts projected. With 9 dingers and a .257 ISO in 153 PA, Weeks has a .377 wOBA that ranks 8th among second basemen. The 5-11, 210 pounder has been a little more aggressive in ‘09, chasing 23.4% of pitches thrown outside of the strike zone (19.6% career average). His walk rate (6.7%) and P/PA (3.8 in ‘09, compared to 4.2 in 2007 and 4.1 in 2008) also reflect a less restrained approach. Weeks is also lofting the ball more often (43.8 FB%, 37.1 career average) and his line drive rate has rebounded (19%). His K rate, always rather lofty, is largely unchanged (25% in ‘09, 26.2% career).
Wow... That sounds eerily familiar, except he just totally blows it off by labelling it "aggressive" instead of calling a spade a spade.
"He's looking less disciplined, getting under the ball more, and still missing the ball as often as he always has.
He might be breaking out!"
You guys can argue how he looked and how you felt about him, but if this were any other player than Rickie Weeks, we'd all be looking at this peripheral set, staring at his history, and screaming that a regression epic in nature was looming on the horizon. Obviously, I'm arguing something that can never be proven. He won't play for the rest of the year. There will be no stats from Weeks that we can compare to his replacement, but I certainly don't feel uneasy saying that Weeks was not going to perform anywhere near this level the rest of the year. I'd say the say thing about any other player with a similar history and these numbers.