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Simcox Baseball America Top Prospect

on Sep 06, 2013

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A.J. Simcox, ss, Mat-Su (So., Tennessee): Simcox was a BA second-team prep All-American as a senior and a potential top-five-rounds talent who fell to the 38th round in the 2012 draft because of his commitment to Tennessee, where he started at shortstop and hit .283/.338/.317 as a freshman. This summer, he led the Alaska League in batting average and finished in the top five in all three triple-slash categories with a .356/.403/.422 line. Coaches tabbed him the best pure hitter in the league, and he tied for the league’s lowest strikeout rate (7 percent). He has great hand-eye coordination and a line-drive bat path, and he excels at driving the ball the other way. As the summer progressed, Simcox began to turn on the ball more. While he presently has gap power, scouts give his raw power at least average grades and believe the athletic Simcox will grow into his rangy 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He is at least an average runner with above-average quickness and lateral agility. While his glove is not flashy, he has the ability to stick at shortstop professionally as a consistent defender with sure hands and strong instincts. He has the best arm in the league, a plus weapon that allows him to play deep.