James Simmons

37-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  AA
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in May 2014.
POakland Athletics  AA
June 4, 2013
Simmons pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just six hits with no walks and four strikeouts against High-A Lancaster on Monday.
Simmons missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury and has been slowly working his way back since. He was making progress and advancing through the system, but ran into trouble earlier this year in Triple-A. The A's wanted to work him in as a starter so they pushed him down to High-A Stockton to stretch him out. So far, it has worked well as he is 2-1 over four starts with a 1.64 ERA and a 14:1 K:BB over 22 innings. He'll likely make a few more starts for the Ports before he is brought back to Triple-A Sacramento.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Simmons regressed a good bit at Triple-A Sacramento, allowing 139 hits and 47 walks in 119.2 innings, fanning just 81. The decay in both his strikeout rate and command are most alarming, though somewhat predictable given his less-than-stellar stuff. He allows far too many hits, doesn't keep the ball on the ground enough and showed poor control against advanced hitting. The A's expected much better when they placed him at Double-A Midland for his professional debut in 2007 after making him first-round pick, and there's now considerable doubt that he'll even develop into an innings eater in the majors.
Simmons was back at Double-A Midland in 2008 after making his pro debut there in 2007 after being selected in the June draft. His numbers were similar to the year before, allowing 150 hits in 136 innings but showing good control (32 walks against just 120 Ks). Like Josh Outman, Simmons relies on less-than-stellar stuff and will see a reduction in his K rate once he faces advanced competition.He has better control than Outman however, but doesn't miss enough bats to be project beyond a back of the rotation starter.
Simmons was placed aggressively at Double-A Midland after being selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. He relies heavily on precise control, and his pro debut showed some of his weaknesses (36 hits allowed in 29.2 innings). These types of pitchers rarely make the jump to staff ace level, but he could be a nice mid-rotation option for the A's as early as 2009.
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POakland Athletics  AA
May 1, 2010
Simmons has been out with a shoulder injury since February and doctors are still not sure of the cause, the A's official web site reports.
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POakland Athletics  AA
August 8, 2009
In what has otherwise been a disappointing season for Simmons, the 6-3 righty tossed six scoreless innings on Wednesday for Triple-A Sacramento. The 22 year-old walked two and fanned 11.
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POakland Athletics  AA
April 29, 2009
Simmons posted his best start of the season on Sunday for Triple-A Sacramento, allowing just one run on five hits in five innings of work. The 6-3 right-hander allowed three walks and struck out four.
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POakland Athletics  AA
August 14, 2008
Simmons has a 3.64 ERA with a 96:23 K:BB ratio in 111 innings for Double-A Midland, with 122 hits allowed.
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POakland Athletics  AA
July 1, 2008
Simmons gave up six hits and two walks over five innings on Saturday for Double-A Midland, striking out one and giving up three earned runs.
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