Simmons was called up on May 30 to shore up the defense at shortstop with the thought that any offensive production would just be a perk, but he raked out a .333 average, three homers and 14 RBIs.
His .333 average led all NL rookies along with his on-base percentage (.365). His .522 slugging percentage ranked second.
"The way I look at it is what he does defensively is unbelievable and anything he brings offensively is a bonus,” McCann said to Dave O'Brien. “And the guy happens to be hitting with guys in scoring position, seems to be getting the big hit, hitting .330. He’s doing everything. He’s mature. He expects to be here, he expects to produce at a high level, and he’s a big-time athlete. I don’t think there’s much he can’t do.”
This season is now the fifth straight season in which a Braves rookie has won the award, going back to Jair Jurrjens (June 2008), Tommy Hanson (June 2009), Jason Heyward (April and May 2010), Craig Kimbrel (June and August 2011) and Freddie Freeman (July 2011).
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