Andrelton Simmons contributions often fly under the radar, but he is All-Star worthy.
Andrelton Simmons has been as consistent as they come for the LA Angels since joining the team in 2016. Simmons has always been known for defense having won four Gold Gloves in his career including two out of three years he has been with the Angels.
However, what has gone unnoticed outside of Anaheim is how Simmons’ offensive numbers have improved over the past four seasons he has been in Anaheim.
This year Simmons has batted in each of the first six spots in the line-up but mostly in the clean-up spot with Ohtani and Justin Upton missing time with injuries. While Simmons does not possess great power he is still very good at driving in runs.
Before injuring his ankle running down the first base line in a game vs. Minnesota on May 20th, Simmons was hitting .298 with three homers and 21 RBIs. While those are not Earth-shattering numbers, when you couple them with his outstanding defense you can see why Simmons should receive consideration for being an all-star in 2019.
With Simmons missing the last month due to an ankle injury he is definitely a long shot to be chosen, especially since it is not known if Simmons will be back to the Angels before the All-Star Break in less than a month. All indications are that Simmons could return in the next two weeks. If he can do so and play well before the break there is a slim shot he could be chosen as a reserve for the All-Star Game.