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James Simmons | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/29/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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James Simmons returned to the mound at Double-A Midland on Sunday and allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Simmons, a 2007 first-round pick, hadn't pitched since May 14 because of what the A's called a dead arm. Mon, Jun 9, 2008 02:52:00 PM

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James Simmons was shut down at Double-A Midland because of what the A's believe is a dead-arm phase.

He'll be examined further by team doctors. Anderson, the 26th overall pick in the 2007 draft, is one of Oakland's top prospects.
Fri, May 23, 2008 02:57:00 AM

James Simmons pitched six shutout innings in a win for Double-A Midland on Wednesday.

Simmons, who was drafted 26th overall last year, has allowed two runs and posted a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. He's polished enough that he could step into Oakland's rotation in the second half if needed.
Thu, Apr 24, 2008 04:00:00 AM

Athletics selected UC Riverside RHP James Simmons with the 26th pick in the draft.

Simmons gets some sink on his low-90s fastball and shows a plus slider, giving him middle-of-the-rotation potential. He's capable of moving quickly through an A's system lacking pitchers with upside.
Thu, Jun 7, 2007 04:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Eric Sogard
2Nick Punto
SS1Marcus Semien
2Andy Parrino
3Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Stephen Vogt
2Sam Fuld
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
3Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2John Jaso
3Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Jesse Chavez
5Drew Pomeranz
6Chris Bassitt
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5R.J. Alvarez
6Fernando Abad
7Evan Scribner
8Drew Pomeranz
9Eury de la Rosa
10Kendall Graveman
11Pat Venditte