Although none of the three players expected to be the Oakland A's regular first basemen in 2012…
Oakland A's Spring Position Battles: 2B/SS
A Look Back At 2012 At the start of the 2012 season, the A's were hopeful that second baseman Jemile Weeks would be the catalyst for their line-up. Weeks had a strong rookie season in 2011, posting a .303/.340/.421 line in 97 games. He was expected to be at the top of the A's line-up and some considered Weeks to be the A's best player heading into the season. Cliff Pennington struggled to hit while playing short, but improved as a hitter when at second base. The notorious sophomore slump caught-up with Weeks. He hit only .186 in April and things didn't get much better for Weeks as the season progressed. In 118 games, he hit only .221/.305/.304. He also struggled defensively, posting a .977 fielding percentage and a -1.2 dWAR. Despite those struggles, Weeks remained the starter at second for the majority of the season. However, when the A's acquired shortstop Stephen Drew in mid-August, Weeks was sent back to Triple-A Sacramento. Although Weeks played well for Sacramento, he wouldn...
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