- Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves)
Andrelton Simmons is the best defensive player in the MLB, hands down. He led the league in dWAR each of the last two years. Defensive metrics were slightly down on his 2014 season from his 2013 campaign, but still not enough to knock him off the mountaintop.
I’ve made the argument before, and I will continue to make it, that if Simmons hits 16 HR, 70 RBI, and .270 BA, he enters the conversation of best shortstop in baseball. What that means is that his defense is so good, that he can be far worse that Tulowitzki offensive, and still be the better player.
That being said, he’s not getting those offensive stats. He actually beat that 16 HR with 17 in 2013, but dropped down to seven in 2014. In his two years with at least 200 AB, he has yet to break a .250 batting average, a .300 OBP, and a .400 SLG. The Braves 2015 lineup will lack some hitting from Justin Upton, I’m looking at Simmons to pick up some of those RBI’s.