MILWAUKEE, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks, the second overall pick in June's first-year player draft, was recalled Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers.
He played this summer at Single-A Beloit of the Midwest League, and will join the team for the start of a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants.
Weeks will be 21 on Saturday. Since signing with the Brewers on Aug. 5, he has played for Beloit and Maryvale, the team's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League, combining to hit .358 with one home run and 20 RBI in 21 games.
"Since Rickie is on the 40-man roster and possibly may play in the Arizona Fall League, we wanted to get him to stay in baseball shape with the big club and receive the instruction and experience at this level," said General Manager Doug Melvin. "He has a very bright future, and we believe that this opportunity will be invaluable for him in his development as a player."
Weeks won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best college player in his final season at Southern University, where he batted .479 with 16 homers, 66 RBI, and 31 stolen bases. It marked the second straight season he led the nation in hitting.
Weeks is the first position player from this year's draft to get recalled to the majors.