Andrelton Simmons standing on a baseball field with a glove on his hand is a web gem waiting to happen, and this winter Braves Journal is going to determine which of his gems is the best of his best—his Jadeite. For the full rules, check out the introduction.
Round 1: Glove: Optional vs. Short Hop Maestro
Editor’s Pitch: In Minnesota this year, that will be a hit against Ervin Santana. Last year in Atlanta it was top of the 5th, one down. The catch itself is insane enough, with Simmons making the call to barehand it to give himself a chance to throw the runner out. Then, when the ball bounced slightly differently than he seemed to be anticipating, he stayed with it and nailed the runner with a perfect throw. Perfection on a diamond.
Short Hop Maestro
Editor’s Pitch: The throw is what makes this play stand out. While it’s impressive Simmons was able to stay with a short hop and catch it, his throw is beautiful. He not only throws it hard enough he nabs a quick runner, but he throws it to first while running toward third…without interrupting his stride. There’s no way that’s as easy as he makes it look.