Andrelton Simmons
Andrelton Simmons
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Los Angeles Angels
10-Day IL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 6/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simmons followed up a solid 2017 campaign with another good showing in 2018. His batting average sat at a career-best .292 mark thanks mostly to his superb contact skills. The defensive wiz struck out just 7.3% of the time and produced a contact rate of 92.1%, both career bests. He also increased his hard-hit rate from 29.2% to 36.0%, largely because he led qualified hitters with a 51.0 Pull%. There were some negatives, however. Part of Simmons' appeal in 2017 came from his baserunning, as he stole 19 bases. Unfortunately, he was only able to to swipe 10 bags (on 12 attempts) in 2018. He also saw a downturn in the power department, as his home-run total dipped by three from 2017, and his extra-base hit total dropped by eight, as well. Simmons isn't a top-tier option at shortstop for fantasy purposes, but he still possesses mixed-league appeal thanks to his potential to steal some bases to go with his good contact skills and secure playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a seven-year, $58 million contract extension with the Braves in February of 2014.
Set to begin rehab stint
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 18, 2019
Simmons (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with the Angels' advanced rookie affiliate, Orem, on Tuesday.
Simmons continues to make impressive progress from a left ankle sprain, and he'll take another big step forward by embarking on a rehab stint. According to skipper Brad Ausmus, Simmons has a chance to return from the shelf by June 23 if all goes well while he's in the minors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .728 400 38 11 39 11 .262 .330 .398
Since 2017vs Right .759 1042 129 17 126 23 .296 .333 .426
2019vs Left .753 57 4 2 4 1 .273 .298 .455
2019vs Right .732 138 18 1 17 4 .308 .333 .398
2018vs Left .751 182 14 6 19 2 .277 .335 .416
2018vs Right .756 418 54 5 56 8 .299 .338 .418
2017vs Left .690 161 20 3 16 8 .239 .335 .355
2017vs Right .770 486 57 11 53 11 .290 .329 .441
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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .727 709 93 14 71 23 .270 .326 .402
Since 2017Away .773 733 74 14 94 11 .303 .339 .434
2019Home .841 97 14 3 10 3 .309 .330 .511
2019Away .635 98 8 0 11 2 .287 .316 .319
2018Home .669 298 35 1 30 6 .261 .322 .347
2018Away .835 302 33 10 45 4 .322 .352 .483
2017Home .745 314 44 10 31 14 .265 .328 .417
2017Away .758 333 33 4 38 5 .291 .333 .425
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Stat Review
How does Andrelton Simmons compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Exit Velocity
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
With 14 home runs last year, Simmons nearly matched his total from the previous three seasons combined, and he did so while continuing to make contact with great consistency. His 10.4 percent strikeout rate was the third-lowest among qualified hitters, and Simmons improved his walk rate to a career-high 7.3 percent. He also established a new career high in stolen bases. It's tough to settle on a new power baseline for Simmons, but the home-run increase seemed to be at least partially due to a conscious effort to pull the ball more -- his pull percentage jumped from 35.7 percent to 45.3 percent. Keeping the green light on the basepaths will be big for Simmons' fantasy value, but he's still developing as a hitter at 28 years old, and his security in the everyday lineup (thanks to his world-class defense) gives Simmons a solid floor for counting production. There are more exciting options at the shortstop position, but Simmons should make for a decent consolation prize in the middle rounds.
If you had 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.
The power Simmons flashed earlier in his career looks more and more like a mirage every year. Simmons hit just four home runs in 2015 and posted a slugging percentage under .340 for the second straight season. It hasn’t helped Simmons that his home park in Atlanta was one of the toughest parks for right-handed pull hitters with its deep left field power alley. But the winter trade that sent him to Anaheim won’t do him any favors. Not only is Angel Stadium similarly difficult, if not tougher, for righty power, the American League West opponents’ parks in Seattle and Oakland are historically awful for right-handers. At this point, the only positive Simmons has showed at the plate is an excellent contact ability, as he owns a brilliant 9.2% career strikeout rate. But as long as he’s only producing harmless groundballs and warning track flyballs, the only reason he’s on the field is his glove.
Simmons appeared on the verge of superstardom entering 2014, having won a Gold Glove while hitting 17 homers in his first full major league season, but it became evident throughout the course of the year that his bat is still a long way behind his glove. Despite a 16-point increase in BABIP, Simmons' average dropped by four points, and his ISO fell by more than 60, to an abysmal .087. His walk rate fell to 5.6%, resulting in a 10-point drop in OBP (.286), putting him in the bottom four in OBP among qualified hitters in the NL. Simmons grounded into a whopping 25 double plays -- only plodders Casey McGehee and Albert Pujols grounded into more -- and hit just .209/.246/.279 in the second half. Thus, it will be hard to trust Simmons in shallower mixed formats. On the plus side, he is just 25, doesn't strike out much (10.4% K%) and his unparalleled defensive skills should keep him on the field close to every day. Further, his HR/FB rate of 4.7% from 2014 figures to return closer to the mean, providing some hope that he can once again supply double-digit homers from the shortstop position.
While establishing himself as an elite defensive shortstop in 2013, Simmons also disappointed somewhat at the dish, at least in real life. He posted just a .282 OBP and a .105 ISO over the first half of the season, and eventually lost his job as leadoff man for the Braves. The move down the batting order predictably helped his power numbers, as Simmons went on to post a .472 slugging percentage after the All-Star break, but he still finished the year with an OBP below .300. Fantasy owners didn't have quite as much to complain about, as Simmons smacked 17 homers and scored 76 runs, fourth-most among all shortstops. However, looking ahead to 2014, Simmons figures to see fewer scoring chances while near the bottom of the order, but his .247 BABIP seems likely to rise.
Simmons spent precious little time in Double-A, playing just 44 games there and hitting .293/.372/.420 in 2012. After Tyler Pastornicky struggled as the Braves' starting shortstop at the beginning of the season, Atlanta called up Simmons and immediately inserted him in the lineup. For a 22-year-old shortstop who spent so little time in the upper levels of the minors, Simmons did very well. He hit .289 with right around a league average OPS. His defense is MLB-caliber already, though not as good as Pastornicky's. Simmons will be the kind of shortstop that hits for a good average and can maybe hit double-digit home runs in the future, but his power will never be prodigious. He has some speed and can contribute in the stolen bases department.
Simmons had a breakout season at High-A Lynchburg by hitting .311/.351/.408 with 26 stolen bases and may be Atlanta's shortstop of the future. While he doesn't draw a lot of walks, he makes great contact with few strikeouts (29:43 BB:K ratio in 517 at-bats). His biggest asset is probably his glove, where he's seen as a premium defender. He'll need to hit for more power to be a star at higher levels, and has Tyler Pastornicky perhaps blocking his path to the majors, but he's a rising prospect to watch in 2012.
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Nearing activation
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 16, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Simmons (ankle) could be activated at some point during the Angels' current road trip, which concludes June 23 in St. Louis, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Could return in June
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 13, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said Simmons (ankle) could return before the end of June, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Progressing towards live BP
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 11, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Simmons (ankle) could take live batting practice "relatively soon," Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Moving laterally
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 10, 2019
Simmons (ankle) took groundballs and was able to move laterally Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Fielding grounders
SSLos Angeles Angels
June 6, 2019
Simmons (ankle) fielded grounders prior to Thursday's game against the Athletics, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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