Jemile Weeks began his career by hitting .303/.340/.421 in his rookie season, swiping 22 bases and hitting two home runs in 97 games. For a light-hitting utility man, those were unexpected numbers.
But Weeks quickly correctly for a hot start to his career, hitting just .221/.305/.304 the following season. Despite playing in 118 games, he stole only 16 bases in 21 tries, and his .609 OPS was one of the worst. In a lineup full of better hitters, Weeks was a disappointment.
Before the 2014 season, the Oakland Athletics traded him and a player to be named later to the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for Jim Johnson. Weeks proceeded to become a valuable asset to the Orioles, and then the Red Sox, although in limited playing time.
Weeks make this list not because of his overall career numbers, but because his hot season followed by two terrible years resulted in him being dealt away. That isn’t how teams want their first round draft picks to pan out.
(Editor’s Note: We tried to stay away from current players on the A’s roster, just because it’s entirely possible that they’ll turn things around, but yes, Billy Butler did come up in discussion.)
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