Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons had a 14-pitch at bat Sunday versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, fouling off nine pitches -- eight in a row -- before drawing a walk. Monday, he was named rookie of the month for June. Simmons made the jump from Class AA Mississippi on June 2 because of his eye-popping defense. But in the 27 games he's played since then, he has 10-multi-hit games, which leads the team. He didn't have a hit in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs but he did have his first career steal after a walk. He then sped to third base on a wild pitch. With the Braves in June, he hit safely in 18 of 26 games played, batting .333 with 10 runs scored, three home runs and 14 RBIs. Named the organizational player of the year for High Class A Lynchburg last season, he hit .311, the only Carolina League hitter to top .300. In the week just before he was called up to the Braves, he was named Southern League player of the week. All along, general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi ...
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