Andrelton Simmons
Andrelton Simmons
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simmons followed up a solid 2017 campaign with another good showing in 2018. His batting average sat at a career-best .292 mark thanks mostly to his superb contact skills. The defensive wiz struck out just 7.3% of the time and produced a contact rate of 92.1%, both career bests. He also increased his hard-hit rate from 29.2% to 36.0%, largely because he led qualified hitters with a 51.0 Pull%. There were some negatives, however. Part of Simmons' appeal in 2017 came from his baserunning, as he stole 19 bases. Unfortunately, he was only able to to swipe 10 bags (on 12 attempts) in 2018. He also saw a downturn in the power department, as his home-run total dipped by three from 2017, and his extra-base hit total dropped by eight, as well. Simmons isn't a top-tier option at shortstop for fantasy purposes, but he still possesses mixed-league appeal thanks to his potential to steal some bases to go with his good contact skills and secure playing time. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a seven-year, $58 million contract extension with the Braves in February of 2014.
Returns to lineup Friday
SSLos Angeles Angels
March 15, 2019
Simmons (arm) is starting at shortstop and batting cleanup in Friday's split-squad game against the Giants.
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Simmons sat out the last two games due to right arm soreness, but his quick return to the lineup indicates his absence was likely precautionary. The fact the 29-year-old is in the field playing defense and not simply serving as the designated hitter also strengthens that notion. Assuming Simmons avoids a setback, his readiness for Opening Day shouldn't be impacted.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .731 458 50 10 44 15 .269 .337 .394
Since 2016vs Right .737 1272 143 19 144 24 .289 .329 .408
2018vs Left .751 182 14 6 19 2 .277 .335 .416
2018vs Right .756 418 54 5 56 8 .299 .338 .418
2017vs Left .690 161 20 3 16 8 .239 .335 .355
2017vs Right .770 486 57 11 53 11 .290 .329 .441
2016vs Left .752 115 16 1 9 5 .295 .342 .410
2016vs Right .671 368 32 3 35 5 .277 .318 .353
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .723 830 102 15 85 26 .273 .333 .391
Since 2016Away .746 900 91 14 103 13 .294 .330 .416
2018Home .669 298 35 1 30 6 .261 .322 .347
2018Away .835 302 33 10 45 4 .322 .352 .483
2017Home .745 314 44 10 31 14 .265 .328 .417
2017Away .758 333 33 4 38 5 .291 .333 .425
2016Home .766 218 23 4 24 6 .299 .353 .413
2016Away .627 265 25 0 20 4 .267 .299 .328
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How does Andrelton Simmons compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.80
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
7.3%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.754
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
2012
With 14 home runs last year, Simmons nearly matched his total from the previous three seasons combined, and he did so while continuing to make contact with great consistency. His 10.4 percent strikeout rate was the third-lowest among qualified hitters, and Simmons improved his walk rate to a career-high 7.3 percent. He also established a new career high in stolen bases. It's tough to settle on a new power baseline for Simmons, but the home-run increase seemed to be at least partially due to a conscious effort to pull the ball more -- his pull percentage jumped from 35.7 percent to 45.3 percent. Keeping the green light on the basepaths will be big for Simmons' fantasy value, but he's still developing as a hitter at 28 years old, and his security in the everyday lineup (thanks to his world-class defense) gives Simmons a solid floor for counting production. There are more exciting options at the shortstop position, but Simmons should make for a decent consolation prize in the middle rounds.
If you had Simmons active in September, congratulations, as the slick-fielding shortstop garnered three of his four homers and half of his 10 steals in the last month of the 2016 campaign. To be fair, he registered the highest batting average of his career in his first season in Anaheim, spurred by his best contact rate ever. Note, however, the average bump was also due to more grounders sneaking through as his line-drive rate and hard-hit percentage were both a tick below his usual levels. He missed about five weeks in the first half, further voiding his production. In mixed leagues with 15 or fewer teams, Simmons isn't even reserve list fodder. In AL-only formats, he's obviously in play, but don't plan on a repeat of last season's .281 batting average, and don't plan on another double-digit steals tally. Basically, don't plan on owning Simmons unless left with no other choice.
The power Simmons flashed earlier in his career looks more and more like a mirage every year. Simmons hit just four home runs in 2015 and posted a slugging percentage under .340 for the second straight season. It hasn’t helped Simmons that his home park in Atlanta was one of the toughest parks for right-handed pull hitters with its deep left field power alley. But the winter trade that sent him to Anaheim won’t do him any favors. Not only is Angel Stadium similarly difficult, if not tougher, for righty power, the American League West opponents’ parks in Seattle and Oakland are historically awful for right-handers. At this point, the only positive Simmons has showed at the plate is an excellent contact ability, as he owns a brilliant 9.2% career strikeout rate. But as long as he’s only producing harmless groundballs and warning track flyballs, the only reason he’s on the field is his glove.
Simmons appeared on the verge of superstardom entering 2014, having won a Gold Glove while hitting 17 homers in his first full major league season, but it became evident throughout the course of the year that his bat is still a long way behind his glove. Despite a 16-point increase in BABIP, Simmons' average dropped by four points, and his ISO fell by more than 60, to an abysmal .087. His walk rate fell to 5.6%, resulting in a 10-point drop in OBP (.286), putting him in the bottom four in OBP among qualified hitters in the NL. Simmons grounded into a whopping 25 double plays -- only plodders Casey McGehee and Albert Pujols grounded into more -- and hit just .209/.246/.279 in the second half. Thus, it will be hard to trust Simmons in shallower mixed formats. On the plus side, he is just 25, doesn't strike out much (10.4% K%) and his unparalleled defensive skills should keep him on the field close to every day. Further, his HR/FB rate of 4.7% from 2014 figures to return closer to the mean, providing some hope that he can once again supply double-digit homers from the shortstop position.
While establishing himself as an elite defensive shortstop in 2013, Simmons also disappointed somewhat at the dish, at least in real life. He posted just a .282 OBP and a .105 ISO over the first half of the season, and eventually lost his job as leadoff man for the Braves. The move down the batting order predictably helped his power numbers, as Simmons went on to post a .472 slugging percentage after the All-Star break, but he still finished the year with an OBP below .300. Fantasy owners didn't have quite as much to complain about, as Simmons smacked 17 homers and scored 76 runs, fourth-most among all shortstops. However, looking ahead to 2014, Simmons figures to see fewer scoring chances while near the bottom of the order, but his .247 BABIP seems likely to rise.
Simmons spent precious little time in Double-A, playing just 44 games there and hitting .293/.372/.420 in 2012. After Tyler Pastornicky struggled as the Braves' starting shortstop at the beginning of the season, Atlanta called up Simmons and immediately inserted him in the lineup. For a 22-year-old shortstop who spent so little time in the upper levels of the minors, Simmons did very well. He hit .289 with right around a league average OPS. His defense is MLB-caliber already, though not as good as Pastornicky's. Simmons will be the kind of shortstop that hits for a good average and can maybe hit double-digit home runs in the future, but his power will never be prodigious. He has some speed and can contribute in the stolen bases department.
Simmons had a breakout season at High-A Lynchburg by hitting .311/.351/.408 with 26 stolen bases and may be Atlanta's shortstop of the future. While he doesn't draw a lot of walks, he makes great contact with few strikeouts (29:43 BB:K ratio in 517 at-bats). His biggest asset is probably his glove, where he's seen as a premium defender. He'll need to hit for more power to be a star at higher levels, and has Tyler Pastornicky perhaps blocking his path to the majors, but he's a rising prospect to watch in 2012.
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Still out with sore arm
SSLos Angeles Angels
Arm
March 14, 2019
Simmons (arm soreness) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Brewers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Scratched with arm soreness
SSLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 13, 2019
Simmons was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres with general arm soreness, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Back in action
SSLos Angeles Angels
February 27, 2019
Simmons (shoulder) will start at shortstop and bat second in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Expects to return Wednesday
SSLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
February 26, 2019
Simmons (shoulder) plans to play in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Not playing Tuesday
SSLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
February 26, 2019
Simmons (shoulder) isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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