Latest Update Andrelton Simmons said he's not concerned about his right shoulder. Thu Jul, 31, 08:07 PM
Owns a big shortstop arm and has great range and defensive skills. Can also get on base and steal them at a decent clip. Is a fairly patient hitter with some untapped pop in his bat.
Flaws: : Needs to fill out his 6-2 frame if he is ever to become a power hitter and/or run-producer at the big-league level. Also needs more experience to better handle everyday duties.
Simmons has been dealing with a nagging shoulder issue, but with the Braves in a dog fight for the AL East crown, it would have to be a pretty significant injury to keep him off the field. It doesn't sound serious and should affect his level of play. Analyst: Spencer Silva
You can call it a day of rest, but in truth, it's about getting a dead bat out of the lineup for a night. Simmons is 3-for-23 over the past week and 1-for-15 in his career against Henderson Alvarez. That says it all, doesn't it? Ramiro Pena will fill in at shortstop Thursday.Analyst: Howard Bender
A move to the two-hole has really turned things around for Simmons, who has now logged three consecutive multi-hit games. He is still hitting a mere .259 with five home runs and 25 RBI through his first 301 at-bats, but if he continues to hit ahead of the Braves big sluggers, he will at least be able to produce in the runs scored category, especially if he can raise his .299 on-base percentage. Analyst: Matthew Beck
After struggling in the month of June (.214 BA), Simmons got things going in the right direction on Tuesday night logging his first multi-hit game since June 20. Now sporting a .251 average with five home runs and 24 RBI through 295 at-bats, Simmons will have to find a way to be more patient at the plate in order to get better pitches, considering he has just 17 walks and 30 strikeouts up to this point. Analyst: Matthew Beck