The LA Angels have had so many injuries already this season it is hard to keep track of who is coming or going. However, one of the few players that has been there from Opening Day until now performing very well is Andrelton Simmons.
After the LA Angels made a trade with the Atlanta Braves in the Winter of 2015 to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves for top prospect Sean Newcomb many people wondered if Simmons would be worth giving up an up and coming young pitcher.
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So far Simmons has been everything the Angels expected when they acquired him and much more. Everyone knew about Simmons amazing glove work, but until you see it first-hand on a day-to-day basis you can’t truly appreciate it as well. However what is even more unexpected is SImmons’ success at the plate.
Simmons set career-highs in stolen bases with 10 and recorded his second-highest batting average as Simmons finished at .281 for the season. Simmons has picked up where he left off as he is hitting .270 with six homers and 23 RBI’S. Simmons has shown increased power as well.
This is not to mention he has played stellar defense. He has had more highlight reel plays than the rest of the team combined. Simmons is also quickly becoming a team leader in the infield especially since there has been a revolving door at first base and second base and Yunel Escobar has spent time on the disabled list.
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What is surprising this year is Simmons power numbers as the Curacao-born shortstop has hit six bombs including a two-run homer on Saturday night that jump-started an Angels offense that has been very stagnant as of late. Simmons home run was the first of three hit on Saturday with the final blow being a grand slam by Albert Pujols that happen to be his 600th career home run.
Simmons should be getting more recognition in the American League and by all-star voters, but so far that is not the case as he currently is not even in top five in the league. However, Angel fans know how valuable Simmons has been for the team and they hope it will continue.
Simmons is definite All-Star Worthy, but he has to convince fans all across the country to stand up and take notice. If not he will be the best kept secret in the AL West. Let’s see what the future holds for Simmons and the Angels.