Everyone knows by now that the Atlanta Braves have one of the best shortstops in all of MLB in Andrelton Simmons. Unless injury gets in the way, he is as untouchable of a piece of the starting lineup for the Braves as anyone ever has been. Anyone that is playing the position in the Braves minor league system either must hope to change positions or change teams if they hope to get to the big show because Simmons is not going anywhere. The thing about it is; most of that is because of his unbelievable defense.
What about his offense though? Usually his offensive skills are talked about in the way of what could potentially be coming. We are talking about a career .258 hitter that is so good with the glove that everyone who is anyone looks at him as one of the best. Since B.J. Upton moved to the leadoff spot however, Simmons has been swinging the bat quite a bit better. In the last ten games Simmons has a hit safely in all but one.
Not only that but he is also hitting well over .300 in that stretch with 8 runs scored and 7 RBI. Four of the runs batted in came in the big game he had on Saturday. While the move of Upton to the one slot has been a good thing for him and the ball club, it is easy to overlook how good it has been for Simmons. If he continues to see this success in that position, the Braves might finally have settled in on the top two of their batting order after all this time. Imagine the surprise if it turns out to be best to have Upton and Simmons at one and two.