September 15, 1966 |
|April 9, 1991, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 24, 1992, for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||6.68|
Early life and draft
He was drafted by major league teams twice. In 1987, he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 45th round of the draft, but did not sign. He was next drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round of the 1988 amateur draft and did sign.
In the 1990 Rule 5 draft, he was selected by the Mets from the Twins.
Major league career
Simons made his major league debut on April 9, 1991 at the age of 24. Pitching for the Mets, he made 42 appearances in his rookie season and went 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA. In 60 2/3 innings, he allowed 55 hits and 19 walks, while striking out 38 batters.
On April 2, 1992, he was traded to the Expos for minor league player Rob Katzaroff. He appeared in seven games for the Expos in 1992 and went 0-0 with a 23.63 ERA. In 5 1/3 innings, he allowed 15 hits and two walks. He struck out six batters. He played his final major league game on September 24, 1992.
Overall, Simons went 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA in 49 big league appearances. In 66 innings, he allowed 70 hits and 21 walks, while striking out 44 batters.
Minor league career
Simons pitched in the minor leagues from 1988 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1997. He played in the Twins (1988–1990), Expos (1992–1993), Kansas City Royals (1994) and Houston Astros (1996) systems, and in 1995 he pitched for the Mobile Baysharks of the independent Texas–Louisiana League.
Overall, he went 72-54 with a 3.46 ERA in 193 games (148 starts). He showed flashes of excellence at times – for example, he went 13-5 with a 2.63 ERA for the Visalia Oaks and Orlando Twins in 1989 and in 1990, he went 15-12 with a 2.54 ERA for Orlando. In 1995, he went 4-2 with a 2.94 ERA for the Mobile Baysharks.
Simons served as the pitching coach for the Pittsfield Mets in 1998 and 1999, the Capital City Bombers in 2000 and 2001. He later scouted for the Texas Rangers from 2002–2005. In August 2005 he became the head coach of the Covenant College baseball team.