College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 46 with Rice sophomore RHP John Simms. The Woodlands, Texas native attended College Park High School where he was a three year varsity player. As a senior, he went 8-1 record with a 1.07 ERA while striking out 123 batters in 65.1 innings. His junior season saw him have a strong season also going 9-2 with a 1.19 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 88 innings.
He pitched the summer of 2010 on the USA Baseball Under 18 team going 4-0 record with an ERA of 0.96 in four international starts. He dominated batters with 37 strikeouts in 28.0 innings and a batting average against of .133. The Washington Nationals selected him after his senior season in the 39th round but he decided to head to Rice to continue his baseball career.
Simms made 23 appearances as a freshman including nine starts going 3-2 including a save with an ERA of 3.32 in 62.1 innings of work. He was named Conference USA All-Freshman team member for his performance.
John spent the summer of 2011 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores. He worked exclusively out of the bullpen getting into 17 games while not picking up a decision but accumulating 10 saves without giving up an earned run in 24.2 innings of work.
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