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Did Alfredo Simon get lucky in 2014, or was there a reason for his success?

Simon's first half was excellent, but his second half wasn't. Which one should we expect in 2015? I think it's safe to say that no one saw Alfredo Simon's 2014 season coming. The Cincinnati Reds gave Simon a spot start, but expected him to slide back into the bullpen once Mat Latos recovered from offseason knee surgery. Instead, Simon allowed one run in seven innings in his first start, earning a second. He fared even better in the next start, allowing a run in eight innings. Before anyone knew it, Simon blazed through the first half of the season, allowing a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts and...
Bless You Boys Dec 17, 2014

How does Alfredo Simon use his secondary pitches?

Simon's secondary pitches are decent, but he doesn't have a plus offering to put hitters away in key moments. Make no mistake: Alfredo Simon needs his fastball to survive. I examined the pitch in detail yesterday, pointing out that he uses it almost exclusively to open an at-bat or when behind in the count. Fastball location is important for Simon for a number of reasons. He throws it quite often on the first pitch of an at-bat, as noted above, and gets into trouble when he doesn't get strike one. Opposing batters hit .257/.355/.375 off Simon if he started a plate appearance with ball...
Bless You Boys Dec 16, 2014

Alfredo Simon's fastball is the key to his success

Simon features a four pitch arsenal, but his heavy sinking fastball is the most important one. Yesterday, we took a fly-by look at Alfredo Simon and what he has done throughout his career prior to being traded to Detroit last week. Today (and for the next few days), we're going to look a bit closer at how Simon operates. He utilizes a four-pitch mix, but his fastball is his bread and butter. Everything else works off of the heater, making it the most important pitch in his arsenal. Simon likes to attack hitters with his fastball, which sits at 94-95 miles per hour. He primarily throws a...
Redleg Nation Dec 15, 2014

Cozart for Duda

The Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon trades accomplished several important goals for the organization. The moves shed a combined $12.5 million in projected payroll for 2015. They exchanged two years of team player control (one each for Latos and Simon) for 23 years of team player control. The Reds likely decided that Latos and Simon …
Bless You Boys Dec 15, 2014

Who is Alfredo Simon? A scouting report on the Tigers' newest starting pitcher

We know plenty about Yoenis Cespedes, but many Tigers fans have not been properly introduced to their newest starting pitcher. If you're looking at the back of a baseball card, the Tigers' decision to trade for Alfredo Simon was a no-brainer. He was coming off a 2014 season in which he pitched 195 1/3 innings, won 15 games, allowed a 3.44 ERA, and made his first All-Star team. Unfortunately, we know better here at BYB. Simon's low ERA was combated by a 4.33 FIP, and his stellar first half was largely thanks to an unsustainably low .234 batting average on balls in play. Before we get to what...
Redleg Nation Dec 14, 2014

Walt Jocketty’s finest work: Alfredo Simon

On April 3rd, 2012, just two days before opening day, Walt Jocketty claimed Alfredo Simon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Simon only pitched 9.0 innings that spring, allowing 7 runs for the Orioles. Walt Jocketty needed one more reliever, and he took a chance on a guy with a 5.18 career ERA in 78 …
Cincinnati.com Dec 12, 2014
Alfredo Simon thanks Reds, fans

Alfredo Simon thanks Reds, fans

After being traded earlier in the day, Alfredo Simon went to Instagram to thank the Reds and Cincinnati fans.         
Bless You Boys Dec 11, 2014

Tigers trade Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford to Reds for Alfredo Simon

The Tigers have acquired starting pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford. When the Tigers sent starting pitcher Rick Porcello to Boston, they temporarily blew a hole in their pitching rotation. That void was filled when they acquired starting pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds. The Tigers sent Eugenio Suarez and top pitching prospect, Jonathon Crawford to Cincinnati. Simon is a big right handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic who made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008. He had worked mainly...
Grand Rapids Press Dec 11, 2014
Get to know: Yoenis Cespedes, Alfredo Simon headline Detroit Tigers' new arrivals via trades

Get to know: Yoenis Cespedes, Alfredo Simon headline Detroit Tigers' new arrivals via trades

The Detroit Tigers headlined what is sure to go down as one of the busiest 24 hours of a Winter Meetings on record when they made two giant moves early Thursday. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers finally made their move during the last day of this year's Winter Meetings. Actually, they made a couple of them. The Tigers headlined what is sure to go down as one of the busiest 24 hours of a Winter Meetings when they pulled off two giant trades early Thursday. The Tigers acquired right-handed starting pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for...
Bless You Boys Dec 11, 2014

What do you think of the Alfredo Simon trade?

The Tigers were busy today, announcing a pair of trades. One of which was to acquire right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon. Earlier this morning, rumors surfaced involving a trade that would bring Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit in exchange for long-time Tigers starter Rick Porcello. Almost simultaneously, the Tigers replaced Porcello with a trade for Cincinnati Red's starter Alfredo Simon. In exchange for Simon, the Tigers sent shortstop Eugenio Suarez and starting pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford. Simon had a stellar first half last season, posting a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts,...
Grand Rapids Press Dec 11, 2014
Dave Dombrowski says Alfredo Simon will slot in as starter, Detroit Tigers' rotation is settled

Dave Dombrowski says Alfredo Simon will slot in as starter, Detroit Tigers' rotation is settled

When all is said and done, Simon will slot into the rotation in Rick Porcellos spot, giving the Tigers a starting rotation of David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Simon and recently acquired right-hander Shane Greene. SAN DIEGO -- Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that he was happy with his starting rotation. He said the same thing Thursday morning. The Detroit Tigers obtained right-hander Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Eugenio Suarez and minor-league pitcher Jonathon Crawford, a former first-round draft...
Bless You Boys Dec 11, 2014

Tigers acquire Alfredo Simon from Reds for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathan Crawford

The Tigers have acquired starting pitcher from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathan Crawford. When the Tigers sent starting pitcher Rick Porcello to Boston, they temporarily blew a hole in their pitching rotation. That void was filled when they acquired starting pitcher Allfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds. The Tigers sent Eugenio Suarez and top pitching prospect, Jonathan Crawford to Cincinnati. Simon is a big right handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic who made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008. He had worked mainly in relief,...
Redleg Nation Dec 11, 2014

Reds trade Alfredo Simon

The Cincinnati Reds have made their first significant move of the offseason, acquiring SS Eugenio Suarez and SP Jonathon Crawford from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Alfredo Simon. Simon was projected to earn around $5.1 million in 2015, in his third year of arbitration eligibility. More details forthcoming.
Red Reporter Dec 11, 2014

Reds trade Alfredo Simon to Tigers

Source: #Tigers getting Alfredo Simon. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014 As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Reds have made their first big move, unloading Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers. Simon is projected to make $5.1M in 2015. Still waiting to hear on returns, but with the GMs about to speak, we'll update this soon.
KFFL Dec 11, 2014

Tigers | Alfredo Simon to be in starting rotation

Detroit Tigers SP Alfredo Simon will slot into the team's starting rotation next season, according ...

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