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2022 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #15 Infielder Kendall Simmons

An All-Star in 2019 with the short-season Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters, Kendall Simmons is one of the Phillies' most promising prospects.  

Simmons, an outstanding and multi-positional infielder, was the Phillies' 6th round draft pick in 2018.

That year, he made his professional debut in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League, posting a .234 average with three homers and 11 RBI in 32 games.

The right-handed batter tallied a .234 batting average with 12 homers, 34 RBI and five stolen bases in 51 games with Williamsport in 2019. 

In the 2020-2021 off-season, Simmons played in the Australian Baseball League, making up for some of the time missed due to the cancelled 2020 season.  In 21 games with Adelaide, he notched a .172 batting average with a home run, seven RBI and three steals. 

Last year, Simmons played primarily with Class A Clearwater.  With the Threshers, he recorded a .226/.321/.460 slash line in 41 games. 

Listed at six-feet-two, 180 pounds, strength and athleticism are key traits that stand out for the Georgia native, Simmons.  He's got some sneaky power that developmental staff is high on.

He'll want to work on making better contact, as his strike out rate thus far as a pro hasn't been exemplary.  

Primarily a shortstop, Simmons has also played second base and third base in the Phils system.  While he may project as more of a third baseman than a shortstop, the versatility is certainly something that could be beneficial to the player and the organization down the road.  

Simmons opened 2022 back with Clearwater, but a promotion to Class A Advanced Jersey Shore shouldn't be far off for the 22-year-old.

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