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Andrelton Simmons | Shortstop

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 170
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Andrelton Simmons (wrist) remained out of the Braves' lineup Friday.
It's the second straight contest he's missed after jamming his right wrist during Wednesday's game. The good news is that Simmons took swings in the batting cage before the game and thinks he'll be available to pinch-hit. He's aiming to return to the lineup on Saturday. Ramiro Pena is filling in again at shortstop. Apr 11 - 3:24 PM

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Thursday that Andrelton Simmons (wrist) is unlikely to play on Friday.

Gonzalez said that Friday is a possibility but hinted that there's a better chance of the shortstop returning on Saturday or Sunday. The skipper added that Simmons' wrist is more of an issue while swinging than it is while throwing. Ramiro Pena is handling shortstop for the Braves while Simmons is out.
Apr 10 - 11:38 PM

Andrelton Simmons was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Mets due to a jammed right wrist.

Simmons jammed his wrist when he stumbled across home plate on Wednesday night. Consider him day-to-day for now. Ramiro Pena will start in his place and hit eighth.
Apr 10 - 5:48 PM

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 and hit his first spring homer Saturday against the Red Sox.

Simmons went hitless in five straight games earlier this month, but he's rebounded with four hits in 10 at-bats in his last three games, pushing his average back up to .275.
Mar 22 - 4:53 PM

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the Braves' 8-4 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday.

Simmons hit eighth today, something that figures to carry over into the regular season. He should soon prove too good for that spot, but the Braves don't really have anyone else who would make much sense there. Even if neither Dan Uggla nor B.J. Upton projects to be any better than Simmons, hitting one of those two in front of the pitcher would just further decrease their chances of rebounding.
Mar 4 - 5:23 PM

Braves signed SS Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million contract extension.

The Braves announced the news Thursday morning on their official team Twitter feed. Simmons wasn't even going to be arbitration-eligible until 2015, but the Atlanta front office loves his elite defense at shortstop and the progress he's made offensively so they went ahead and made the big commitment. Simmons is now under Braves control through the 2020 campaign. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the contract's financial value.
Feb 20 - 11:41 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves want to sign Andrelton Simmons to a long-term extension, but the two sides "differ" on his offensive value.

The Braves are fully aware that Simmons has become the best defensive shortstop in the game, but it sounds like they want to see a little more progress from him at the plate before they commit big dollars. Simmons batted just .248/.296/.396 last season, but he swatted 17 homers and had an improved .255/.316/.472 line in the second half. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time next winter.
Feb 16 - 1:52 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves are exploring pre-arbitration extensions for shortstop Andrelton Simmons and starter Julio Teheran.

The Braves signed first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million contract extension on Tuesday and also did a two-year, $13.1 million deal with outfielder Jason Heyward. Simmons won Gold Glove and Platinum Glove honors in 2013 for his stellar defense at shortstop. Teheran posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 170 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings.
Feb 6 - 11:10 AM

Andrelton Simmons won the 2013 Rawlings National League Platinum Glove Award, recognizing the best defensive player in the league.

The dazzling 24-year-old shortstop narrowly beat out Yadier Molina and Carlos Gomez to achieve the honor. Molina had taken home the honors each of the first two seasons of its existence. Only players who won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were eligible, and a combination of SABR's defensive index metric and fan votes were used to determine the winner.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 08:42:00 AM

Andrelton Simmons has been named the 2013 National League Gold Glove winner at shortstop.

Simmons was one of the slam-dunk winners, as he had one of the best defensive years ever at shortstop. It's the first in what figures to be a bunch of Gold Gloves for the youngster. He beat out the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki and the Nationals' Ian Desmond for the award.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 08:06:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons, Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond have been named finalists for the National League Gold Glove award at shortstop.

Tulo is a two-time winner and didn't take home the hardware last year probably only because he was injured for much of the year. However, it would be a crime if the award didn't go to Simmons, who has become the best defensive infielder in baseball. The winner will be announced next week.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Andrelton Simmons hit a walk-off single to give the Braves a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Thought to be an offensive liability heading into the season, Simmons has actually delivered a decent line. His run batted in was his 58th RBI of the year. He's hitting .247/.295/.397 with 17 home runs this season.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:12:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons hit a pair of homers Sunday against the Cubs, upping his season total to 17.

Simmons' .295 OBP isn't worth bragging about, but he's shown really nice pop this year with his 47 extra-base hits in 581 at-bats. The only shortstops with more homers this year are J.J. Hardy (25), Troy Tulowitzki (24), Hanley Ramirez (20) and Ian Desmond (20).
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons is out Wednesday with a sore neck.

Simmons woke up with the soreness on Tuesday morning and the Braves don't want it to linger. Simmons should be fine for Friday's series-opener at Wrigley Field.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and run scored against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Simmons has made an impact with his 15 home runs, but the shortstop also has five triples this season. He still hasn't contributed much in the way of stolen bases, going just 5-for-10 in attempts on the year, but he's scored 70 runs through 140 games.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Ryan Doumit
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Dan Uggla
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Alex Wood
5Aaron Harang
6David Hale
7Gavin Floyd
8Brandon Beachy
9Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Luis Avilan
5Anthony Varvaro
6Ian Thomas
7Gus Schlosser
8Jonny Venters
9Cory Gearrin