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31 Alfredo Simon SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/267 | Birthdate: 5/8/1981 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $890,000 | Owned/Started%: 72/52 | Average Draft Position: 243.35
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Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon allows one run in 7 1/3 IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (3-0) allowed only a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in 7.1 innings of work Monday to outduel CC Sabathia and defeat the Yankees, 2-1.

Simon notched seven strikeouts and did not walk a man.

"My mom's birthday is today," Simon said. '"She asked me, 'I want you to strike out Alex Rodriguez and win the game.'"

A-Rod went hitless with a strikeout in the game.

"I think our starting pitching, as ballyhooed as the offensive lineup is, our starting pitching has been the backbone of our start,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Simon this season has walked just one batter in 20 2/3 innings.

Simon returns to the mound on Saturday to face the Indians.

"I just try to do my best every time," Simon said, per MLB.com. "I'm happy the way I keep pitching right now."


Tigers SP Alfredo Simon in search of first career win vs. Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) As Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon heads into his start Monday against the Yankees, he has never beaten the AL East opponent. He is 0-3 in seven career appearances (four starts).

In four career starts against New York, he is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. He's never allowed less than four runs in a start against New York.

The Yankees enter play Monday with 64 runs, which is the fifth-highest total in the majors.


Tigers' Alfredo Simon two-hits Pirates over eight innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon earned a win Wednesday, giving up just two hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out two and walking none in his team's 1-0 win over the Pirates.

Simon (2-0) no-hit the Pirates over 3 2/3 innings before surrendering back-to-back singles in the fourth inning. He then retired the final 13 batters he faced to finish his start with 108 pitches, turning things over to closer Joakim Soria in the ninth.

"I just felt really comfortable today," Simon said after the game, per the Associated Press. "When I was behind in counts I just tried to throw my slider for a strike, tried to throw that and tried to put the ball in play. The key was, when I was behind in the count, just try a different pitch."

Simon owns a 2.03 ERA and 5:2 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings heading into a matchup with the Yankees Monday.


Tigers P Alfredo Simon gives up three runs in win over Indians


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon allowed three earned runs in Friday afternoon's 8-4 win over the Indians.

Simon surrendered seven hits, three strikeouts and two walks. Simon went 5 1/3 innings and was credited with the win. Each of the three runs were allowed in the sixth inning. 


Tigers starter Alfredo Simon throws 5.0 strong on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) Tigers starter Alfredo Simon was strong in his final spring training start on Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out three in 5.0 innings against the Rays.

With Justin Verlander beginning the season on the disabled list, Simon is expected to start the Tigers' fourth game of the season in Cleveland on April 10.

Simon retired his first 14 batters before Desmond Jennings singled with two outs in the fifth. 

''His curveball was very good,'' said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

In seven spring starts, Simon as allowed 14 earned runs in 27 2/3 innings for a 4.55 ERA.


Verlander injury forces Tigers to change rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) With the announcement Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander will begin the year on the disabled list due to a triceps injury, the rotation for the season-opening series against the Twins will be David Price on Opening Day, Anibal Sanchez in the second game and Shane Greene in the series finale, per MLB.com.

Alfredo Simon still remains on track to open the second series against Cleveland on April 10. It is then expected Price will make his second start on April 11 against the Indians. As of now, Verlander is expected to come off the disabled list and make his season debut April 12 at Cleveland.


Tigers SP Alfredo Simon throws six solids innings on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/30/2015) Alfredo Simon started and allowed one earned run in six innings on Monday, giving up five hits and walking three in the Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Braves.

In six starts this spring, Simon has allowed 14 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings of work (5.56 ERA).

Tigers SP Alfredo Simon's ERA over 7.00 after five spring starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Marlins. He struck out four.

Simon gave up a solo home run to Donovan Solano in the second inning. He now has a 7.02 ERA through five spring starts.


Tigers' Alfredo Simon 'happy' despite giving up three runs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Though he surrendered three earned runs in four innings, Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon was OK with his third performance of the spring. 

"I'm happy with what I did today," Simon said, via MLB.com. "I know I gave up a couple runs, but you know, it's spring training to get ready for the season."

Simon struck out two batters but gave up a home run, a walk and three hits. He did strike out two batters in his 53 pitches. Before Sunday, he'd yet to give up a run this spring. 

"I need a couple more starts to throw all my pitches and I think everything's going to be great," Simon said. "My key is to keep the ball down. When everything is down, I get a lot of ground balls."


Tigers' Alfredo Simon flashes 'slow split' in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut Thursday, featuring a variety of pitches, including one that registered at 56 mph on the radar gun, MLive.com reports.

"That was a slow split," Simon said. "I use that in the game sometimes. ... I just want the hitter to train his eyes to see a slow pitch and after that I just come, like, with a hard two-seamer. It's going to be hard for him to hit the ball."

Simon struck out one in the appearance and let just one batter reach base, which came when he hit a batter with a pitch.

"I just feel really great," Simon said after his first outing with the Tigers. "I feel comfortable with my pitches and everything worked really good today."

Simon went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 127:56 K:BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings with the Reds last season.


Alex Avila on Tigers RHP Alfredo Simon: 'He's got nasty stuff'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Although pitchers tend to be ahead of hitters early in spring, teammates of Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon have been impressed by his stuff thus far, per the Detroit Free Press on Thursday.

"He's got nasty stuff," catcher Alex Avila said. "It wasn't just from catching him today noticing that -- it was catching him from his first bullpen sessions and watching video.

"He's got nasty, electric stuff, and with him, it's always about being able to throw it for strikes, and today, he looked good. It looks like he's getting ready for the season."

Simon was acquired via trade from Cincinnati in December. He is ahead of most pitchers in camp based on his pitch-count. He tossed 75 pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session, most by any Detroit pitcher thus far this spring.

"I just try to keep my arm ready to go," Simon said. "That's why I throw so many pitches, because I try to throw to make my arm stronger to make it feel like a normal thing."


Tigers, Alfredo Simon avoid final year of arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Tigers and pitcher Alfredo Simon avoided arbitration on Friday, striking a $5.55 million deal for 2015, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

Simon was acquired via trade from Cincinnati in December. He was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts. 


Reds trade Simon to Tigers for Suarez, Crawford


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Tigers traded for Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon on Thursday. The Reds acquired 2013 first-round pick Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez in the deal.

The 33-year-old Simon was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts. He is in his final year of arbitration.

The 23-year-old Suarez hit .242 with one triple, four home runs, nine doubles, 23 RBI and 33 runs in 85 games as a rookie in 2014. He had a .968 fielding percentage in 81 games at shortstop.

The 23-year-old Crawford has an 8-5 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 31 starts in the minors. He spent the 2014 season at Class A West Michigan.


Reds will likely trade one 2016 free-agent class starting pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday he suspects he will have to trade one of the four starting pitchers due to hit the free-agent market next offseason, according to the Boston Herald

Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon, Mat Latos and Mike Leake are all set to become free agents after the 2015 season. Jocketty said he would like to keep Cueto.


Rival execs say Reds willing to entertain offers for starters


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/10/2014) Rival executives say the Reds are "listening" to what teams may offer for certain members of their starting rotation, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon all are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, though it's unlikely the team would trade its ace, Cueto, the report said.

Heyman noted that "Latos recent history of injuries might limit his value, Leake has a decent pay day coming as a fifth-year arbitration eligible player and Simon wasn't as good in the second half after a big beginning last year. So none of those pitchers would bring anything close to the kind of haul Cueto could potentially bring."


Alfredo Simon surrenders four runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon wasn't a factor in Saturday's decision, allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 10-6 win over the Pirates.

Simon was gifted a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning but watched it disappear by the fifth. He surrendered a home run for the first time in his last four starts. Simon had a streak of three straight quality starts come to an end in the mediocre performance. He finishes the season with a 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 127:56 K:BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings.


Alfredo Simon registers 15th win


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/21/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon improved to 15-10 Sunday with six strong innings in a 7-2 win over the Cardinals. Simon allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking two, and lowered his ERA to 3.34.

Simon had gone seven innings in four of his previous five starts, and he owned a 17-inning scoreless stretch before the Cards scored in the fifth. He'll take on the Pirates at home Saturday.


Alfredo Simon stays dominant in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon turned in a dominant outing in a no-decision Monday night against the Cubs in Chicago. He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 14 innings, Simon has allowed two earned runs. He owns a 3.35 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 30 starts (185 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at St. Louis.

Alfredo Simon surrenders two runs in win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Simon (14-10) gave up both his runs in the top of the first inning but pitched well over the rest of the outing. He even put his team ahead for good with an RBI double in the fourth inning, finishing 2 for 3 at the plate. Simon owns a 3.48 ERA and 117:51 K:BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Monday.


Alfredo Simon hit hard in 10th loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon struggled mightily in a 14-5 loss to the Mets Friday.

Simon struggled through his shortest outing since May, as he made it through just four innings in the start. He was tagged for six runs on eight hits, while walking eight batters and allowing one home run. He also struck out five batters while throwing 96 pitches en route to the loss, his 10th.

Simon fell to 13-10 with the loss, his seventh in eight decisions since the All-Star break. He carries a 3.52 ERA into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Cardinals. 


Alfredo Simon takes another tough loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched well but was hit with another loss Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, dropping to 13-9 on the season. The right-hander permitted three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Simon has allowed three-plus runs in three of his last four starts. He owns a 3.28 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 27 starts (167 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against the Mets.

Alfredo Simon strikes out six in win vs. Braves Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon picked up a win Sunday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 5-3 victory over the Braves.

Simon (13-8) hadn't managed to pick up a win since the All-Star break, going 0-5 over his previous seven starts. He managed to pitch more than 5 1/3 innings just once during that stretch, and Sunday's win was just his second quality start in his last eight outings. Simon owns a 3.26 ERA and 100:43 K:BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Friday.


Alfredo Simon allows three runs vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Simon allowed just one run in the first five innings before getting into trouble in the sixth. He surrendered a one-out home run and gave up a single to the next batter before being removed, with the inherited runner eventually scoring. Simon owns a 3.35 ERA and 94:42 K:BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves Sunday.


Alfredo Simon continues to struggle at Coors Field


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The struggles continued for Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon Thursday night against the Rockies at Coors Field, dropping to 12-8 on the season. The right-hander was shelled for seven runs – five earned – on 10 hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings of a 7-3 defeat.

Simon started the season 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA, but over his last six starts, he’s gone 0-5 with a 3.51 ERA. He will look to get back on track Tuesday at St. Louis.


Manager not worried about Alfredo Simon's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Reds All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon has struggled out of the break, going 0-4 with a 4.78 ERA in five second-half starts. Though, manager Bryan Price is not worried about Simon's struggles.

"From a technical standpoint, he's not getting out front where he's creating a good downward plane, working the ball to the bottom of the zone," Price said, per MLB.com. "He's not a big strikeout pitcher; he's a good sinker and early-contact ground-ball pitcher who can strike some guys out. But he's pitching behind more and he's elevating a lot more pitches.

"This is the first time he's trying to go start-to-finish in the Major League Baseball season, so a possibility of fatigue, as long as he doesn't pitch well, will be a talking point. ... The way I see it is as comparable to anybody else on our team, where there's going to be an ebb and flow to the season. ... I'm confident that this will be a stretch that we'll look back on and say it was his rough patch of the season, but he finished strong."