Pondering Jemile Weeks as Rookie of the Year candidate

The lineups for game 2 of A’s-Mariners:

Oak — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, DeJesus RF, Sizemore 3B, Suzuki C, Allen 1B, Sogard SS; Cahill RHP.

Sea — Ichiro RF, Rodriguez SS, Ackley DH, Carp LF, Smoak 1B, Olivo C, Seager 2B, Liddi 3B, Saunders CF; Beavan RHP.

–Much to Bob Melvin’s surprise, David DeJesus (bruised hip) was feeling good enough to return to the lineup. Although Cliff Pennington said his oblique is feeling better, Melvin said the shortstop might be shut down for the final two games, though he didn’t rule out a pinch-hitting appearance. Melvin worries that Pennington could aggravate the injury going after a ball in the hole.

–Melvin said he believes Jemile Weeks is a legitimate AL Rookie of the Year candidate. I’ve batted this one around in my head a lot. And if it comes down to pure impact on a team, Weeks should be in the conversation. He was a huge factor in the A’s improved second-half offense, and he brought a spark to a team that needed it with his speed and enthusiasm. Weeks is second among AL rookies in stolen bases, and third in hits, doubles and multiple-hit games. He leads rookies in triples. But, this year’s AL Rookie of the Year class is very deep — Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and Los Angeles Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo are three leading candidates. And because of that depth, the fact that Weeks spent the first two months in the minors hurts him. A member of the A’s P.R. staff sent out a release earlier this week pushing Weeks’ candidacy. But Weeks’ abbreviated season, along with the fact that the A’s have such a low national profile, makes it an uphill battle for sure. Too bad, because the guy has had a terrific season.

What do you think of Weeks’ case to be ROY?

Joe Stiglich