One of the more intriguing sleepers in the Padres’ upper levels is shortstop Beamer Weems, a switch-hitter who is considered the best infield defender in the San Diego system.
Weems also managed a .401 OBP last year in Lake Elsinore at age 21, walking as many times as he struck out (76).
I find Weems, 22, an intriguing candidate for a future utility role on the Padres. I see his career as being somewhere in between that of Augie Ojeda and Craig Counsell.
Weems started this year in a dreadful slump in his first time at Double-A San Antonio, however. He was hurt early in April and went on the DL, and came back just before the month ended. In April, Weems was 0-for-9.
He then promptly went an additional 0-for-13 in his first four games of May to make it an 0-for-22 start across nine games.
Weems, however, is finally beginning to show signs of life.
Since those first nine games, he’s 6-for-26, hitting .231/.286/.346, which doesn’t look like much, but is certainly better than 0-for-22 with four walks.
Weems ripped two doubles and drew a walk in Thursday’s game, his first multi-hit game of the year. He’s now at .125/.246/.188 on the year.
Weems has a long way to go to get his numbers to respectability, but at least he’s getting there. As long as he’s showing decent offense, his great defense makes him an asset.