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9/4/1989 (27 y, 5 m, 23 d)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 20, Overall: 70, Team: Atlanta Braves
$58M / 7 Years (2014 - 2020)
Simmons will serve as the Angels' everyday shortstop in 2017, according to the Orange County Register. (2/3/2017)
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Andrelton Simmons more than impressed in his short 49 game major league debut, but from a fantasy perspective he offers little upside. Simmons is not a speed demon, despite straightening out his stolen base rate between Double-A and the majors this past season (11 stolen bases, two caught stealings compared to 26 SB and 18 CS the previous year). With the Braves slating Simmons in the leadoff spot, it is possible for Simmons to reach the upper teens in stolen bases with a healthy year. Batting at the top of the lineup, which is not guaranteed to last all season, would also allow Simmons to net a solid amount of runs in front of some tremendous hitters such as Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. Essentially, if you are drafting Simmons you are banking on him staying at the top of the lineup and hitting in the .280's. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Simmons is a player who provides his real life team more value than a fantasy team. His best asset is his defense, and his best offensive skill is a slightly above-average batting average. He is more attractive in dynasty leagues or very deep leagues, but his power and stolen base upside is too slight for him to be counted on in standard formats.
The excellent-fielding Simmons entered 2013 with some hope for an offensive breakout. He mashed the ball in the World Baseball Classic and spring training. While it's dangerous to put too much weight on exhibition performances, they can signal improvements in skill set. Simmons was a bit of a let down with the bat, but he still had a pretty strong year. He swatted 17 home runs, stole a handful of bases, and cut his strikeout rate down to a stingy 8.4%. Simmons also suffered through a low .247 batting average on balls in play that projects to be much closer to league average in future seasons, especially if he can iron out the infield fly balls. Simmons might fall as a post-hype sleeper in some leagues due to his poor .248/.296/.396 batting line, but just with regressed BABIP alone, he projects to something around .270/.320/.410. That line, from a full time shortstop with over 20 home runs plus steals, is a solid performance. There is a small chance for a true breakout too. While it doesn't help fantasy owners, Simmons has been ridiculously effective in the field with 35.6 runs saved per Ultimate Zone Rating and 60 runs saved per Defensive Runs Saved in a little over one season of work. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Simmons is more than a slick fielder as he possesses the ability to pop a dozen or more home runs and contribute a little in the four other categories too. From an outfielder, his offensive profile would be waiver bait, but as a shortstop he's a solid mid-tier asset.
After his surprising home run total in 2013, many looked at 2014 as an important year to figure out exactly who Andrelton Simmons was offensively. It looks as if we got some answers -- maybe he is not a power hitter or a base stealer. And for fantasy purposes, that is exactly not what Simmons owners or prospective owners wanted to see. There was some hope that Simmons' homer outbreak the season before could be real and that his low batting average on balls in play that season could regress upwards, which would make him a very valuable fantasy commodity. Unfortunately he struggled and hit only seven homers and stole just four bases in nine opportunities. The amazingly slick fielder looks to be a middling offensive performer, and if you draft him you are really hoping for somewhere around a dozen homers with a couple of steals as well. He makes a ton of contact but he probably would benefit from more patience at the plate, as his batting average in each of the past two seasons of under .250 is not attractive in the fake game. Simmons has more real life value and name value than he does fantasy value, which has me suggesting you pass on him on draft day in standard formats and let someone else take the gamble. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Simmons is a great real life player but his fantasy stats are just not there. He hit a good amount of homers in 2013 but did not replicate that last season. Drafting him will be a big gamble.
After pounding 17 home runs and producing a league average isolated slugging percentage in 2013, Simmons provided us a glimpse of what is possible for him. His .73 walks per strikeout rate was good for a young hitter, but that number went the wrong way in 2014 and he only knocked out seven homers. Last year his patience returned, but his power went down further, as new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer preached using the big part of the field and not trying to hit the patrons of the 755 Club once he got to two strikes. He pulled the ball 47.3% of the time in 2013, but was using the whole field in 2015, and his pull percentage was down to 34.5%. It looks like he’ll be hitting in the bottom third of the Angels lineup, showing off his contact ability. When he swings, he makes contact, and he sat eighth in the majors with an 89.3% contact rate. Steamer projects Simmons for just shy of ten home runs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that big stick of his explode and spray 15 balls over fences across the American League. He pounded the ball into the ground 56.2% of the time, which was sixth in the majors. Grounders don’t generally result in home runs, so if he lifts the ball a little more, 15 homers isn’t out of the question. (Darren Schienbein)
The Quick Opinion:
The .331 and .338 that Simmons slugged in each of the past two seasons isn’t indicative of what he’s capable of. If he’s able to unleash his hammer, there’s no reason that balls shouldn’t be flying over the fence and into the outer reaches of outfields at a much higher rate than the past two seasons. He has no problem putting the bat on the ball, but trading some of the ground balls for fly balls will go a long way towards him being a nice pickup in 2016.
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