Jemile Weeks has fallen out of the A’s plans since a strong rookie season in 2011, spending part of last season and all of this season back at Triple-A, and now he’s trying to learn a new position.
Weeks, who previously played only second base and a little shortstop, is starting to see some action in center field.
A’s manager Bob Melvin indicated to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that the new position was Weeks’ idea and “there’s a fit for it because there’s quite a log jam trying to get him consistent at-bats at second base” at Triple-A.
Of course, his defensive position won’t matter much if Weeks doesn’t pick things up offensively. He’s hitting just .264 with two homers and a .748 OPS in 73 games at Triple-A after hitting .221 with two homers and a .609 OPS in 118 games for the A’s last year.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.