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- DETROIT FREE PRESSWEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982 3D , ft i A l r - ' Vv , -V"- , . h -" ' ' ... r r - i , -. , f" . - t1lffrrtfra During spring training Sparky Andersoon chatted with prospect Nelson Simmons. AP Photo Charting a future star Eyes are glued on 19-year-old Nelson Simmons By BOB WOJNOWSKI Free Presj Special Writer LAKELAND, Fla. The batter dug in, then wheeled away just as the pitch whistled past his chin. The pitch sent a woman in the sparse crowd at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium into a frenzy. "Good Lord, don't hurt him!" she bellowed. "He's on his way to the majors." Indeed, even the relatively uninformed are anxiously charting the career of Lakeland right fielder Nelson Simmons, who, turned 19 on June 27. "I'd like to be in the majors by the time I'm 20 or 21, because I don't want to get there when I'm 24 or 25 and then sit and rot," Simmons said. ' In his second year of professional baseball, Simmons is quickly establishing himself as one of the top prospects in the Class A Florida State League. A switch-hitter, he's batting .312, tops on the team, and leads Lakeland in a half-dozen other offensive categories. But what separates Simmons the most from other hotshot prospects is a brimming self-confidence that borders on cockiness. "HE KNOWS how to do his job and he gets it done," said Bruce Kimm, a former Tiger catcher who is the rookie manager of Lakeland. "He's not cocky, just very confident." It is a confidence that has been bolstered by some rave reviews. "I've had two or three opposing manag- " don't think I have any . weak spot at the plate because I'm not a selective hitter. I hit the ball wherever it's pitched." Nelson Simmons ers tell me he's the best prospect in the league," Kimm said. "Sparky (Anderson) said this spring that he may be the best young hitter he's ever seen and that's covering a lot of territory." Simmons, a Calif ornian who packs a solid 195 pounds into a 6-foot frame, was the Tigers' second-round pick in the June 1981 draft. After hitting .296 for Bristol of the rookie league last year, he came into this season expecting to split time between Lakeland and the Class AA Birmingham team. And although he expresses disappointment over apparently being confined to, Class A for the rest of the season, Simmons ' realizes that it is a consequence of being in a farm system that is rich with outfielders. "I figure they know I can go up to the big leagues and play right now but they don't want to move me too quick," Simmons said. "They've got other outfielders like Glenn Wilson (at Evansville) who they're going to give a chance, so I figure they're just going to make me move up the ladder." AFTER HITTING about .400 for much of the early part of the season, Simmons recently has been frustrated by pitchers who are trying to pitch around him. And that does not mix with his aggressive demeanor at the . plate. , "I guess I got my bat known too soon," he said. "They're not throwing to me, they're throwing around me. I'd rather be somewhere where the pitchers will challenge me to see who's the best." But if he has found the league's pitchers frustrating, they most certainly have found him exasperating. Simmons, although not a power hitter (he has four home runs), is a line-drive hitter who strikes out infrequently and rarely tries to pull the ball. That enables him to put the ball in play often and all over. "I don't think I have any weak spot at the plate because I'm not a selective hitter," Simmons said, "I hit the ball wherever it's pitched." And Kimm concurs with this self-assess-ment. "They pitch him tough, really tough, but he uses the whole park," he said. "He has what you might call an animal attitude a real go-get-'em approach. I cannot ever remember him dogging a ball." It is that combination of hustle, talent and confidence that leads Simmons to estimate his chances of becoming a major leaguer at 90 percent and his manager isn't arguing. "Let's put it this way," Kimm said, "I can't see him not playing in the big leagues someday." Express' streak on line against Nashville tonight The Detroit Express will try to keep their six-game unbeaten streak alive against the Nashville Diamonds at 8 p.m. tonight in the Silverdome. The Express, who demolished Rochester, 7-1, Saturday, are in third place in the seven-team American Soccer League. A win or a tie tonight would move them into second place with a game in hand on league-leading Georgia. Express player-coach Brian Tinnion leads the ASL in scoring with nine goals and five assists for 23 points; teammate Andy Chapman is second with 21. Tad Delorm ranks first among regular goalkeepers with a 1.12 goals-against average. 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