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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Tom Weeks played with Deion at Fort Lauderdale; Saw four pro seasons, made high-A

Fort Lauderdale Yankees first baseman Tom Weeks commented on is new teammate, two-sport star Deion Sanders to The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Sanders was in his first brief minor league season before returning to college and football. Weeks was in his own second pro campaign.

"It's nice to see someone successful," Weeks told The Sun Sentinel that July. "It would be nice to have him stay the rest of the season."

Sanders would go on to make the majors the next season. Weeks would see two more seasons. He would top out at high-A.

Weeks' career began in 1987, taken by the Yankees in the 25th round of the draft out of  Cal State Polytechnic-Pomona.

Weeks started with the Yankees at short-season Oneonta. He hit .307 in 69 games. He picked up three RBI in a July game, on a seventh-inning home run.

He moved to single-A Fort Lauderdale for 1988. He hit .231 there in 101 games. Then, for 1989, he hit single-A Prince William, where he hit .236 in 76 games.

In June 1989, Weeks spoke to The Washington Post for an article about life in the minors, food in the minors. The same article noted Weeks went back to school to finish his diploma.

"Usually you eat out a lot," Weeks told The Post. "It's kind of hard to make a meal when you're always tired. You want food instantly . . . We probably eat out two times a day, 14 times a week."

Weeks returned to Prince William at high-A for 1990, but his season proved brief. He saw just nine games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,075
Made the Majors:1,351-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,724-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:549
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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