If you had Andrelton 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.
Simmons went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Team Netherlands' 5-0 win over Team Korea on Tuesday. Simmons, batting from the leadoff spot, helped the Netherlands get out to an early three-run lead with a single and a double in his first two trips to the plate. The power with Simmons is lacking, but he hit .291 with a .346 OBP in the second half last year, and his excellent defense should keep him on the field every day with the Angels again this season.
Simmons will depart to Seoul, Korea on Tuesday to join Team Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, The Orange County Register reports. Simmons will leave camp for approximately two and a half weeks to play in the international competition. The athletic shortstop has nothing to prove in spring training after he was named the Angels' everyday shortstop early in February.
Simmons will serve as the Angels' everyday shortstop in 2017, according to the Orange County Register. This should come as no surprise considering Simmons is one of the premier defensive shortstops in the game. From an offensive standpoint, the 27-year-old took a step forward last year with a .281 batting average and .324 on-base percentage, both marking career-bests as an everyday player. Simmons doesn't bring much to the table in regards to power, but he did swipe a career-best 10 bags in 124 games last season. If he can can build off the increase in steals and get into the 15 range, then he could have some deep league value as a middle infielder this season.
Simmons went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer -- just his fourth of the year -- against the Angels on Thursday. Incredibly, Simmons has hit three of his four 2016 homers in his last seven at-bats. The 27-year-old shortstop has provided solid average all year long, and he's been especially good lately, hitting safely in nine straight starts. After Thursday's strong return for a three-game absence, it seems like the hand injury that held him out is no longer a bother.
Simmons (hand) is back in the lineup Thursday, batting seventh and playing shortstop, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Simmons was forced to miss the past three games due to a hand contusion, but it seems that everything is back in working order. The defensive whiz's first test back from the injury will come against Toronto lefty J.A. Happ, who he's 0-for-2 against in his career.