Simmons Jeter-esque with slick jump throw

Angels' 'tremendous' shortstop pulls off 2 tough plays

Simmons Jeter-esque with slick jump throw

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons channeled his inner Derek Jeter on Saturday evening, executing an impressive jump throw to retire Mark Canha in the second inning of the Halos' 5-0 loss to the A's at Angel Stadium.

Simmons backhanded Canha's 101-mph grounder toward the hole before leaping and firing to first baseman Luis Valbuena in time for the final out of the inning.

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The Angels have gotten used to seeing such plays from Simmons, a two-time Gold Glove winner with the Braves. He made a similar defensive play in the hole in the seventh, backhanding a grounder off the bat of Khris Davis and firing a throw to first for the first out of the inning.

Simmons' strong throw

"We've seen it before," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We saw it the other night. We saw it tonight again in the hole a couple times. Andrelton makes these plays that are really, really difficult look so effortless. He's blessed with a really strong arm. He's got a really quick, accurate arm and an accurate release, and he can throw from whatever angles he needs to. To make those plays that he made and make them look so easy, I think it just highlights the tremendous shortstop that he is."

Widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop in baseball, Simmons currently leads all Major League players at his position with 19 defensive runs saved and a 10.3 ultimate zone rating, according to Fangraphs.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.