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LA Angels Current Most Valuable Player Might Surprise You

By David Rice
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 10: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels scores in the fifth inning ahead of the throw to Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 10, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 10: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels scores in the fifth inning ahead of the throw to Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 10, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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If you ask most people who is the best player on the LA Angels team the most likely response is Mike Trout.  Make no mistake he is the most talented player for sure.

However, so far this season Trout has been very good, but when we talk MVP for the LA Angels the player who has been the best all-around that would be Andrelton Simmons.

Most Angel fans would agree that Simmons is a good player, but not many would say he is the team MVP.  Mike Trout leads the Angels in many offensive categories this season.  Trout is one of three players who has nine homers.  He has also driven in 25 runs and has the best OBP, most runs scored, and the most stolen bases. Trout is also playing centerfield even better than last season when he was a finalist for a Gold Glove.

These number are definitely MVP-Caliber for Trout, but lets take a look at Andrelton Simmons and you will see the reason he is the Angels MVP so far in 2019.

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Simmons leads the team in batting average at .313 and this is made even more remarkable in the fact that he has batted in five different spots in the line-up including clean-up.  Simmons is not a power hitter that you would expect in the clean-up spot, but he has been clutch in that role hitting .364.  In addition he is the best in the AL with 2 strikes as Simmons is hitting .354.

Simmons is also in the top 10 in the American League in batting average after the sixth inning at .333 and is hitting .336 with runners in scoring position.  Mike Trout is not in the top 10 in any of these lists.  Not to mention Simmons is second in the MLB in strikeout rate at 6.7%.  Meaning he only strikes out in less than seven percent of his at-bats (he has 11 Ks this season), once every 15 at-bats roughly.

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All of this said, the best part of Simmons’ game is his defense and he has been amazing in that aspect as well.  The Angels are very lucky to have Andrelton Simmons this season.  Here’s to the Angels MVP of the first quarter of the season.

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