Simmons, who won the Carolina League batting title in 2011, hit .289 with a .335 on-base percentage in 182 plate appearances in 2012, mostly while hitting eighth in the lineup.
Bowman is quick to point out that the lead-off batter's stats don't necessarily make or break a team. The Cincinnati Reds had only a .254 OBP from their lead-off spot in 2012 on their way to 97 wins, but the Chicago Cubs lost 101 with a .346 lead-off OBP.
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