Monday, July 11, 2011
Rickie Weeks is a Sleeper to Win the Home Run Derby
Still, those who have seen him know what he can do. Highly respected baseball analyst, Peter Gammons, has noted Weeks' power, referring to his batting practice on Twitter twice over the past several months. On March 21st he said: "Only more [devestating] BP I've seen than Rickie Weeks was Mike Stanton," comparing Weeks to the young Marlins powerhouse, and on June 18th he continued: "[Rickie] Weeks' BP is a [baseball] destination. 3 different people think his batspeed exceeds Gary Sheffield in [his] prime." High praise from one of the best minds in baseball.
Of course there's no guarantee Weeks will win tonight, or even make it past the first round, considering the competition. He will, however, surprise and impress many across the nation unfamiliar with his strength and bat speed. He's played like an All Star and deserves to start in tomorrow's game and compete in tonight's contest as much as anyone. I'm excited to see him take center stage alongside some of the game's top names, and I know I'm not the only one.