Andrelton Simmons

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Andrelton Simmons
Andrelton Simmons on May 27, 2013.jpg
Simmons with the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves – No. 19
Shortstop
Born: (1989-09-04) September 4, 1989 (age 25)
Mundu-Novo, Curaçao
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2012 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through July 15, 2014)
Batting average .259
Home runs 25
Runs batted in 108
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrelton A. Simmons (born September 4, 1989) is a Dutch Caribbean professional baseball player from Curaçao. He is currently a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball, known for his defensive prowess.

Professional career[edit]

Simmons on the road in St. Louis, 2014

Simmons was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of Western Oklahoma State College.[2]

Prior to the 2012 season, Simmons was the Braves' fourth best prospect according to Baseball America.[3] He was ranked 92nd in all of baseball.[4] During spring training he competed with Tyler Pastornicky for the Braves starting shortstop job.[5][6] On May 30, 2012, the Braves called Simmons up,[7] and he made his Major League debut on June 2 against the Washington Nationals.[8] He got his first Major League hit, a double, on June 3.[9]

Simmons was named National League rookie of the month for June 2012 after hitting .333 with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 June games. He led all NL rookies in batting average and on-base percentage.[10] Simmons also won praise for his outstanding defense, and is considered as arguably the best defensive shortstop in the game.[11][12]

On July 8, 2012, during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Simmons suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his right hand while sliding head-first into second base.[13] On July 9, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[14]

In 2013, Andrelton played for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.[15]

On June 4, 2013, Simmons hit his first walk-off hit.[16]

He finished the 2013 season with the highest Defensive Runs Saved ever recorded in a year[17] and received the Gold Glove, the Fielding Bible, and the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for his defensive work that season.[18][19][20]

On February 20, 2014, the Atlanta Braves signed Simmons to a seven year deal worth $58 million.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kruth, Cash (9 November 2013). "Simmons named top NL glove by fans, SABR". MLB.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Hempson, Chris (9 June 2010). "Young pitchers dominate Braves' Day 3 Draft". MLB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Ballew, Bill (31 October 2011). "Atlanta Braves top 2012 prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Mark (11 March 2012). "Simmons' dazzling 'D' leaving strong impression". MLB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (19 March 2012). "Pastornicky, Simmons continue shortstop battle". MLB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  7. ^ O'Brien, David (30 May 2012). "Pastornicky sent to Triple-A; Simmons coming to Majors". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Boxscore". MLB.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Ginsburg, David (3 June 2012). "Hanson, Braves beat Nationals 3-2". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Carroll (2 July 2012). "Simmons named NL rookie of the month". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Moore, Jack (13 September 2012). "Andrelton Simmons Changed Everything". Fangraphs. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Simon, Mark (2 July 2012). "Braves rookie Simmons already elite SS". ESPN.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Willis, Kris (8 July 2012). "Andrelton Simmons Injury: Braves Shortstop Has Fractured Finger". SBNation. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (9 July 2012). "Braves place Simmons on 15-day disabled list". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, David (20 March 2013). "Braves’ Simmons ready for season after WBC stint". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Bowman, Mark (5 June 2013). "Braves win fourth straight on Simmons' walk-off hit". MLB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  17. ^ DiComo, Anthony (2 October 2013). "With Gold Glove defense, Simmons' value unmatched". MLB.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013 Fielding Bible Award Winners". 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rawlings Gold Glove Award 2013 Winners". Rawlings. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Machado and Simmons Win". Rawlings. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Braves sign Simmons to 7-year deal". ESPN.com. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Bowman, Mark (20 February 2014). "Braves lock up Simmons with seven-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

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