Rickie Weeks hit .500 his Senior year at Southern University, racking up an OPS of 1606 along the way
. He then went on to hit .349 with an OPS of 1050 in 63 major league A ball at bats.
Now, Rickie is hitting .253 with an OPS of 753 in AA Huntsville. He was expected to have a bit of trouble essentially skipping a season of A ball and going straight to AA, but did anyone expect him to stuggle this much?! He was even supposed to get an extended look as a starter in Spring Training! At this rate, I do not think he will have a chance of opening up 2005 as the Brewers starting 2b.
Here he is more than half way through the season and I do not think that he has had a single hot streak. He has also only stolen eight bags while being caught eleven times. Throw in a 43/80 K/BB ratio and things do not look very pretty if you were expecting a slick hitting speedster. Rickie only struck out 17 times while walking 46 times in his senior year in college.
The only promising numbers that I can pull from his stat line are that 36% of his hits have been extra base hits (most of them doubles) and he has managed to get on base a ton via the walk (43) and hit by pitch (24).
If you are banking on Weeks as your starting 2b for 2005 in a keeper league, you may want to seriously look into a backup option. Only an amazing stint in the Arizona fall league is going to repaint Weeks in the horizon for 2005 fantasy leagues.