Justin Simmons (baseball)

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Justin Simmons
Pitcher
Born: (1981-10-05) October 5, 1981 (age 33)
Arlington, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Justin Simmons (born October 5, 1981 in Duncanville, Texas) is a former college and minor league baseball player.

College career[edit]

Justin Simmons was a pitcher for the University of Texas from 2001-2004. As a freshman in 2001, Simmons went 7-3 with a 3.39 ERA, earning Big 12 Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors.[1]

Simmons had his best college season in 2002, going 16-1 with a 2.53 ERA, earning Big 12 Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year honors and First-Team All-American honors.[1][2][3] Simmons helped Texas to the 2002 College World Series, helping the Longhorns to their fifth College World Series championship.[4] In the College World Series, Simmons went 2-0, allowing just 4 runs in 14 innings, and earning the win in the championship game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.[4]

Though he failed to match the personal accomplishments of his sophomore season, Simmons helped the Longhorns return to the College World Series in 2003 and 2004.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

Simmons was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 47th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft but elected to return to Texas.[7] Simmons was then drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.[7]

Simmons would spend his entire professional career in the Dodgers organization, spending time with the GCL Dodgers, Vero Beach Dodgers, Jacksonville Suns, and Las Vegas 51s until his retirement after the 2006 season.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Longhorn baseball gets Big 12 awards". KVUE. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Baseball Award Winners". NCAA. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Texas Baseball History - National Honors". TexasSports.com. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Gardiner, Andy (22 June 2002). "Simmons, Street put stamp on Longhorns' new reign". USA Today. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Kallestad, Brent (10 June 2003). "Roundup: Texas knocks out No. 1 FSU; Rice stuffs Houston". USA Torday. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Gardiner, Andy (23 June 2004). "Tough road still ahead for World Series teams". USA Today. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Justin Simmons". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

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