Chase Weems comes to Rockland from the Bakersfield Blaze, the Cincinnati Reds High-A affiliate of the California League. Weems was originally drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. He was traded to the Reds in 2009 in exchange for Jerry Hairston Jr.
In four games in 2011 for Bakersfield, Weems hit .167 with a home run. Weems played for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League in 2010, batting .220 with 5 RBIs in 43 games. In 2009, Weems played for both Dayton and the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees A affiliate. He hit a combined .238 in 73 games with a home run and 19 RBIs. Throughout his minor league career, Weems recorded a 27% caught stealing percentage.