Dynamic Infielder Ready for Sophomore Season

Jemile Weeks arrived at the University of Miami as the highest rated player of the 2006 recruiting class and he did not disappoint.

As a freshman, Jemile Weeks finished second on the team in batting average (.352), while leading the team in hits (90) triples (8), total bases (142), and assists (167). Weeks also drove in 40 runs, and stole 13 bases for the Hurricanes.

Baseball America writes that Weeks, a sophomore, "may be the most dynamic player in college baseball" because of his speed/power combination.

Despite losing seven players from last year's team, UM begins the 2007 season ranked second in the nation by Baseball America.

"Every year here at the University of Miami the coaches tell us that when you come here you look forward to getting back to Omaha," Weeks said. "So since the first day I got here that has been the goal that has been planted—to get to Omaha no matter what the ranking is."

Weeks played better when it mattered most, batting .460 in 12 postseason games—including the ACC Tournament.

After Miami's tournament run, Weeks started every game for team USA during their gold medal run. He hit .348 with four home runs and 24 RBI for team USA. Weeks led team USA with 23 walks and 14 stolen bases.

"The one thing I took from last year is that its not how you start but how you finish," Weeks said. "Last year we didn't start out well, but we finished strong and that is how we made it to Omaha."

One area Weeks wants to improve is his base-stealing for the 2007 season. Weeks certainly has the speed to eclipse the 13 bases he stole last season.

"The thing I worked on most this summer was stealing bases. I feel like I could have stolen a lot more bases than I did last year. I want to help this team with the little things as much as possible."

Questions on 2007 University of Miami Team:

Do you feel like the pitching is better on this year's team than the staff last year?

"I feel better about our bullpen this year than last season because there is more depth. I feel good about the freshmen that came in; they have been proving themselves on the field in practice."

Which freshmen are impressing you the most during the fall and preseason?

"From a freshman standpoint, Ryan Jackson and Mark Sobolewski have caught my eye. Those are the guys I am focused on since they play in the infield with me."

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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