Weeks joins kid bro for Draft day
Second baseman proud of brother's No. 12 pick by A's
DENVER -- This was no relaxing off-day for Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks.Weeks spent Thursday in Miami, gathered with his family around his younger brother, Jemile, a top prospect in baseball's First-Year Player Draft. The gathering waited anxiously to learn which team would select Jemile. "I was pretty calm at my own Draft," Weeks said. "I was probably more nervous for him than me."
Jemile, who like his older brother possesses speed and plays second base, ended up going at No. 12 overall to the Oakland A's. The Brewers selected Rickie with the second overall pick in 2002, and they actually selected Jemile in the seventh round in 2005 before he opted to attend the University of Miami.The Weeks join a growing list of siblings drafted in the first round, including J.D., Tim and Stephen Drew, Jeff and Jered Weaver, Dmitri and Delmon Young, and B.J. and Justin Upton. Did the elder Weeks have any advice for his kid brother? "The biggest thing for him is that when you're going into a new environment after getting drafted, try not to change anything. Teams draft you for a reason, so don't change anything." Like Rickie, Jemile is represented by agent Lon Babby, who secured a Major League contract for Rickie from the Brewers, the only player the organization has so rewarded. Rickie wouldn't say whether Jemile would seek a similar deal. Jemile was batting .366 with 11 homers, 57 RBIs, 16 doubles, five triples, a .639 slugging percentage, 30 walks and a .447 on-base percentage through 57 games for Miami as of Thursday. He stole 19 bases in 20 attempts. He was not the only Brewers relative drafted. On Day 2 of the Draft, Austin Yount, a Stanford University infielder and the nephew of Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount, was selected in the 12th round by the Dodgers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.