Andrelton Simmons Proving He Is More Than A Gold Glover

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Updated: April 12, 2017

Angels’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons is widely recognized for his defensive prowess. Once again on Tuesday evening the infielder unveiled why he is the best at his craft in baseball. While everyone discerns that this is nothing new, something else has started to brew in Simmons this year. It has been quite a gnarly spectacle. Fans are seeing a side to him that suggests his time in the WBC may have truly been worth it.

He is on fire at the plate. Granted he did not get a hit in yesterday’s series opener versus division rival Texas, Simmons is 10-for-29 so far in 2017. In the previous seven contests, the infielder picked up at least one knock each time. One difference maker seems to be the simpler approach he is taking every time he steps into the batter’s box. Additionally, Manager Mike Scioscia attributes Simmons’ success to the adjustments in being in the American League. Maria Guardado of MLB.com writes about this in a recent article on the Halos’ shortstop.

“‘He’s squaring the ball up,’ manager Mike Scioscia said prior to the Halos’ series opener against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. ‘He finished really strong for us last year in the second half, so he just carried that over. I think there’s a familiarity that you need with the pitchers in the league, and he’s found that. I think he’s more comfortable, and he’s picked up where he left off.’”

Andrelton’s success has not gone unnoticed by the team’s head honcho. The subtle tweaks in the lineup as of late further validate that posture. Mike Scioscia originally placed Simba at seventh in the lineup when the season kicked off. Number 2’s streak led to a bit of a promotion of sorts this past weekend. Since then, Simmons has been the Angels’ number 5 batter right behind Albert Pujols. It may not last forever, though. He is not a prototypical number 5 bat. It is fair to put that forward.

However, the infielder’s sizzling bat makes him ideal for that spot on the lineup card right now. Simmons is certainly not a guy who clobbers a ton of long balls, which could make this all temporary. But Scioscia did not entirely discount Simba when asked about him. If Simmons keeps it up, the team’s manager admits it would be tougher to execute another lineup change.

“‘Right now, Andrelton is a guy that’s going to put the ball in play with guys on base. He’s perfect right now. I think there are some things we’ll look at. If Andrelton keeps going, sure, you can always consider keeping him there, but I think we’re best served if we can lengthen our lineup and get somebody behind there that can maybe protect Albert.’”

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