Andrelton Simmons, Shortstop, Los Angeles Angels, #2


Date of Birth: 9/4/1989
Birthplace: Mundo-Novo, Netherlands Antilles
Current Salary: $8,000,000
Nickname: Simba

Andrelton Simmons, shortstop for the Los Angeles Angels, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He spent almost three years in the Braves' minor league system, ending with a batting average of .299. He joined the Braves in 2012, playing in 49 games with them.

In 2013, his first full season in the major leagues, Simmons won a Gold Glove for his excellent fielding at shortstop. He signed a seven-year, $58 million contract with the Braves in February, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 132 hits, 18 doubles, 46 RBIs, and a .244 batting average in 146 games.

Simmons won his second consecutive Gold Glove in 2014. In 146 games at shortstop, he had a .978 fielding percentage with 411 assists, 99 double plays, 217 putouts, and 14 errors.

In 2015, Simmons batted .265 with 142 hits, 23 doubles, and 44 RBIs in 147 games. Defensively, as a shortstop, he made 444 assists, 126 double plays, 235 putouts, and 8 errors in 147 games. He had a .988 fielding percentage.

Simmons was traded to the Angels on November 12, 2015. He played in 124 games with the Angels in 2016. He finished the season with 126 hits, 22 doubles, 44 RBIs, and a .281 batting average. Defensively, as the Angels' shortstop in 124 games, he made 337 assists, 82 double plays, 198 putouts, and 10 errors.

Career batting statistics for Simmons through 2016 include:

  • 623 games played
  • 598 hits
  • 98 doubles
  • 212 RBIs
  • 222 strikeouts to 151 walks
  • .261 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Simmons at shortstop through 2016 include:

  • 622 games played
  • 1,849 assists
  • 957 putouts
  • 432 double plays
  • 49 errors
  • .983 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Andrelton Simmons
ESPN - Andrelton Simmons