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    Simba gonna Simba

    Simmons is a player for whom there is agreement between the scouts and the advanced stats. Scouts describe him as an amazing defender. The numbers show that to be true.

    Entering Wednesday, Simmons had played 680 innings in his major league career and the Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) numbers have him with 30 defensive runs saved. He had 19 in 426 innings last season and already has a major-league best 11 in 254 innings in 2013.

    For a little perspective, that's an incredible number for what amounts to less than half a season's worth of play. No shortstop has had 30 defensive runs saved in a full season since Troy Tulowitzki had 31 in 2007.

    The defensive runs saved stat relies heavily on a measure of how often a player turns a batted ball into an out. BIS video-trackers chart every batted ball from every game, labeling where the ball was hit and how fast it was traveling. They can thus assign every ball a value, of how often it was turned into an out.

    If a fielder makes a play on a ball in which players at his position made an out 75 percent of the time, he receives a credit of 0.25 (1.00 minus 0.75, to account for being better than 25 percent of fielders ). If he fails to get the out, he is debited 0.75 points (losing value because 75 percent were able to make the play.

    We're regularly wowed by Simmons' ability to make the great play. Those plays we linked to are balls that are hits 70 percent and 92 percent of the time, respectively.

    But a separator for him is how often he makes the good-to-routine play. BIS looked at every opportunity a fielder had to make a play on a ball in which others at his position recorded an out at least half the time. Since the start of last season, Simmons got outs on 230 of those 244 balls -- a 94 percent conversion rating.

    The next-best among the top 50 shortstops in chances was Pete Kozma at 91 percent, which for Simmons makes him about eight plays better than the next-best player. The average shortstop among the top 50 had a conversion rate of 86.5 percent, meaning they would have gotten about 19 fewer outs than Simmons.

    Then there's the shortstop the Braves started last season with -- Tyler Pastornicky. His conversion rate was only 73.1 percent -- the worst of any of the 50 checked. A player with a 73 percent conversion rate on 244 chances would get 178 outs. That's 52 fewer than Simmons!

    Here's one other stat to consider with regard to Simmons' difference-making abilities.

    Last season, in Atlanta's first 32 games, opposing hitters had a .321 "reached-base" percentage (hits plus errors divided by at-bats) when they hit a groundball to the left of the second-base bag. This season, in the first 32 games, their reached-base percentage on grounders to the left of the second-base bag was only .206.
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    El Oso Blanco has his own thread, B.J has his own thread.

    It's Simba time.


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    Again not to overstate this but after yesterdays game Simmons is on pace for a 9.2 bWAR in his first 162. 9.2! Depending on how much you value defense this guy could be a top 3 player in all of baseball.


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    Thanks for putting that together BK.
    Now I have a serious Simboner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rythym View Post
    Thanks for putting that together BK.
    Now I have a serious Simboner.
    Remember men, it's not weird or wrong..if it's for Simba. Your women will understand...they will understand.


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    This is like the worst nickname.

    He's getting a lot of press for his d it's good to see
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    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/keith-law/post?id=799
    Neither of [Segura and Gregorius] can match the defensive wizardry of Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons, who hit a bit over his abilities last year but whose glove and arm both grade out as 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Simmons was a shortstop and reliever at Western Oklahoma Junior College and was seen within the industry as a better prospect as a pitcher because he could sit at 98 mph and was a long way off with the bat. To everyone's surprise, he hit for average from the day he entered pro ball, scuttling any thoughts of putting him on the mound. Simmons has little power and doesn't walk much, but he does make a lot of hard contact, enough that in some years he'll hit close to .300 and keep his OBP respectable, and in others he'll hit an empty .260 or so but still be very valuable, worth more than a win above replacement just from his glove and arm each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samanjerry View Post
    This is like the worst nickname.

    He's getting a lot of press for his d it's good to see
    shut your mouth.


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    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/po...esides-simmons
    Andrelton Simmons won the Defensive Player of the Month award in our voting for May.

    We've done the gushfest on Simmons' defense already a few times in this space, so we're going to keep the synopsis on his month brief and focus on a couple of the runners-up.
    Player of the Month
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    1. Andrelton Simmons
    2. Roger Bernadina
    3. Nolan Arenado
    4. Paul Goldschmidt
    5. Chase Headley
    Simmons had five Defensive Runs Saved in May, tied for the most among shortstops with Stephen Drew, and ended May with 11 Defensive Runs Saved, second-most for any player at any position behind Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra's 12.

    On the highlight reel for Simmons this month are a couple throws that Braves analyst Joe Simpson unofficially clocked at 97 mph. They're great plays, ones we've gotten used to at this point.

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    He just went #28 on the cornerstone players draft on ESPN.COM. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/...e-player-draft

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    I love Simba but he shouldn't have been chosen at all.

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