Is it even possible for a guy that won’t hit more than 20 home runs and maybe 75 RBI to win an MVP award? Since 1986, only four players have won the award in the National League while hitting less than 25 home runs and only one player won the award with less than 75 RBI. However, it’s quite rare to come across a player that has the potential of Andrelton Simmons.
For the Atlanta Braves, Simmons has been a player that has helped the team succeed in 2013 and now. It is easy to see that his infinite range gives him an advantage over any other defender in the major leagues, but when you add to it the fact that he has an arm that has reportedly been clocked throwing a ball 97 MPH from shortstop — he is clearly talented.
Where he saw scrutiny last season was the fact that his batting average dipped into the mid .200s. While focusing on more power in 2013, he clearly has a different thought process at the plate, only striking out less than five times so far in the 2014 season. Yet, it’s not out of hand if you think that he can hit 20 to 25 home runs this season. A total of 25 may be a stretch when it comes to his power, yet 20 is very feasible. Where he may run into some trouble is in the RBI department. Simmons has been hitting in the seventh or eighth hole in the lineup so far this season and he hasn’t seen many opportunities to drive in runs.
Without the runs batted in, it’ll be difficult for Simmons to get voters to put him on their MVP ballots. However, he has decent power for a man his size and let’s face it: defensively he is a wizard.