OAKLAND -- Jemile Weeks received his first start in center field for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday as the A's once highly touted prospect continues his quest to return to the Major Leagues.
Oakland's No. 1 pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft has bounced around the infield and struggled offensively in the minors, but a change of position could help provide versatility for the A's and manager Bob Melvin.
"Athletically, he could probably play anywhere in the outfield," Melvin said. "My understanding was he was all on board for it. It might even have been his idea. [Michael] Choice has been playing the corners here as of late so there was a fit for it because there was quite a logjam trying to get him consistent at-bats at second base with Grant Green too. So we'll see how it plays out. But athletically definitely he has the skill set to do that."
Weeks went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Saturday in the leadoff spot for the River Cats. He's hitting .265 in 72 games this season with 21 RBIs, 50 walks and 51 strikeouts.
REALLY woke up like, "Did I just start in Centerfield last night?". I never seen my 1st start ever coming now.#wontbreakme (2b,ss,cf,next?)- Jemile Weeks (@RealJemileWeeks) June 30, 2013
He took to Twitter the morning after his first start patrolling center, saying: "REALLY woke up like, "Did I just start in Centerfield last night?". I never seen my 1st start ever coming now.#wontbreakme (2b,ss,cf,next?)"
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.