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James Simmons (UC Riverside Athletics)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Donald James Simmons
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:UC Riverside
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:215 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/16/07
Game(s):Santa Clara
Scouting Video:

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Fastball:Simmons' fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range.
Curve:Simmons shows a curve at times, but it is a below-average pitch.
Slider:Like with his curve, Simmons has a slider, but it grades out below-average.
Changeup:Simmons' best pitch, the change is an average to plus pitch.
Control:Simmons relies on outstanding command of his fastball. He also throws his change-up consistently for strikes.
Poise:At times, he looks like an ace, especially at home, but he's had a hard time on the road, particularly in starts at Oklahoma (5 IP, 7 ER) and most recently at Washington (5 IP, 4 ER). In this start against Santa Clara (at home), he resembled the former, going seven innings, allowing one run, walking none and striking out seven.
Physical Description:Simmons does have a big, projectable frame, though he doesn't pitch like a guy who'll rely on velocity.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Outstanding command of two pitches; has the ability to be very efficient.
Weaknesses:His breaking stuff. The curve and slider lag behind the fastball and change-up and will need to improve at the next level.
Summary:When Simmons is on, he's the quintessential command right-hander, an efficient starter who fills the strike zone. When he has a breaking ball working, he's extremely effective. If he can't improve those offerings, though, he'll get too much of the strike zone and won't miss a whole lot of bats.