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26 Titans in 26 Days. # 12-Josh Simms-infield-University of the Pacific-Junior-La Mesa, CA.

POSTED April 22, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



26 Titans in 26 Days. #12-Josh Simms-Infield- University of the Pacific-Junior

Josh Simms- University of the Pacific- SS- Bat (R) Throw (R) Junior- La Mesa, CA

Titans Outlook: Manager Gregg Hunt expects Simms to be one of his infield mainstays this summer.

“He should be one of the best defenders in the league this season,” Hunt said, “His play will make us stronger up the middle. He’s starting to hit now too.”

In 32 games for the Tigers, Simms is batting .244 with 19 hits and three RBI’s.

His fielding has been solid with a .976 fielding percentage.

2010 (Sophomore):
Josh started six games for Pacific during the 2010 season, playing in the outfield during the final eight games of the year. Simms finished 8-for-24 on the season, with a .333 batting average. Josh also tallied an impressive .385 on base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage, turning it on at the end of the year. He had three multi-hit games, with two hits against Cal Poly (May 22), and UC Santa Barbara (May 28, 29). Josh recorded one extra base hit in 2010, with a double against Cal Poly on May 21.

2009 (Freshman):
In his first year of collegiate baseball, Josh developed into a starter in the outfield by the middle of the season. He saw time as a starter in 28 of Pacific's 53 games in 2009, finishing with a .973 fielding percentage and a .301 batting average. Simms's hitting secured his as the best first year campaign for any of the freshmen in 2009, tallying four doubles and a triple for a .354 slugging percentage. Josh's two best single-game performances came on May 24 against Cal State Bakersfield and April 18 at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton when he went 3-for-5 in each contest. Simms helped Pacific to a 14-10 come-from-behind victory over the Titans when he nearly hit for the cycle on the road, with a single, double and triple for three RBI on the evening. Against Cal State Bakersfield, Simms posted his fourth and final double of the 2009 season.

High School:
Simms graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, Calif., in 2008. He was a two-sport athlete and earned three letters as a second baseman in baseball and two letters as the football team's quarterback. All three years he played varsity baseball, Josh earned recognition as a member of the all-league team. Twice he was named to the All-East County team. In addition to receiving honors for his play on the field, Simms secured a spot on the all-academic team and on the honor roll.

Personal:
Joshua Simms was born in Las Vegas, Nev., and is the son of Larry Simms and Victoria Bucknall. He has three siblings, Jessica (17), Ethan (11) and Spencer (12). For fun, Josh enjoys listening to music, watching sports and playing golf. In his third year at Pacific, Josh is an exploratory major.

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