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UCR Coach On A's First Pick Simmons

UCR Coach On A's First Pick Simmons

With their first pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, the Oakland A's selected UC-Riverside right-hander James Simmons. We spoke to Simmons' UCR head coach, Doug Smith, to find out more about the A's newest arm.

Oakland A's 2007 first round pick James Simmons finished his junior season at UC-Riverside with an 11-3 record and a 2.40 ERA in 123.2 innings. The lanky right-hander struck-out 116 and walked only 15 in 2007. We spoke to the college head coach of the A's newest first round pick on Thursday. OaklandClubhouse: What does James throw right now? Doug Smith: James is essentially a two-pitch pitcher... Recommended Stories

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