The 2013 season will be a homecoming, of sorts, for Jimmy Escalante. The longtime Oakland A's minor…
Oakland A's Top-50 Prospects: 40-36
For the entire 2013 Oakland A's Top-50 Prospects list, please click here. 40. James Simmons, RHP Simmons regained his velocity and made it back to Triple-A. It has been a long road back to health for Simmons, who was the A's top pick in 2007. A bad shoulder impacted his performance in 2009 and knocked him out for all of the 2010 campaign and half of the 2011 season. Simmons returned from shoulder surgery in 2011 and threw 47.2 innings, mostly for the High-A Stockton Ports. Simmons showed his trademark pinpoint command in 2011 (six walks in 47.2 innings) but his velocity was down and he was very hittable. (57 hits and five homers allowed). A normal off-season without rehab left Simmons in a much better position to succeed in 2012. He began the year with Double-A Midland and spent the final month of the season with Triple-A Sacramento. With his fastball back in the 89-92 MPH range, Simmons posted a 2.98 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched. He struck-out 50 and walked 22 and allowed only...
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