Thursday, February 14, 2008

2008 Brewers Preview - Second Base


Around the horn we go to Second Base. Dick Weeks once again suffered through injuries which greatly affected his play. He jacked up his wrist while doing that always dangerous "waiving his bat in the dugout" act. Alas, Weeks came on like a house-a-fire late in the year prompting numerous "Weeks to have breakout year" articles....even Yostradomas got into the act.

2007 Stats: 118 games, .235 Average, .374 OBP, 16 HR, 25 SB, 0 Cohesive Interviews.

The Good: Weeks just oozes with 30-30 potential. He can hit for power (9 homers in Sept), run (25 steals in 27 chances), and has seemingly now figure out how to get on base (.409 OB in Sept). If his last couple months carry over to the start of this year...look the F out. His defense has also gotten better over time.

The Bad: This guy makes Ben Sheets look healthy. In his 3 full years in Milwaukee, Weeks played 96, 95, and 118 games. In that time, his batting average has been poor as he still strikes out waaaay too much. When he's bad, he goes fishing for almost everything down and away. His glove has improved, but is still considered only average. His website has Atari-like graphics.

2008 Predicted Stats: .262 AVG, .389 OBP, 24 HR, 39 SB, 0 Cohesive Interviews

Grade: B- Dick has certainly shown flashes of some serious ability, but until he can stay healthy and play well on a consistent basis...his grade can't go any higher. Hopefully this is the year that happens.

4 comments:

matt said...

Those graphics are better than ours are here at Chuckie Hacks...

AP said...

I sincerely hope that Rick-E4 Weeks' '08 is eaqual to or even bigger than these projections.

Just one favor....

If, and I'm only saying IF, his season falls considerably short of these projections, can we as Brewer fans collectively try to stop talking about his 40/40 or 30/30 potential?

Also, everything I've seen on THT and other sites on defensive stats show him as WELL below average defensively, and any "improvement" he's made was only relative to him setting the bar so very low to begin his career.

Seriously though, i hope he has a break out season rather than just a break out September like last year. He'll be the leadoff guy, regardless of his effectiveness, so much of our success will depend on his. Go Weeks.

Woz said...

.389 OBP with 24 bombs?

That does seem reasonable based on the last two month's of last year.

That kind of production (assuming he's not a total disaster in the field) warrants at least a B+ in my book, if we look at it relatively since we are talking about a leadoff man and second baseman.

AP said...

If he hits those numbers that would be an absolutely phenomenal year for him. I hope he does....