Alfredo Simon is not new to the Major League's. But his success this season is. Simon is 33 years of age and in his seventh season in the major league's, but one of the most surprising story lines of the baseball season has been well, surprising.
Simon struggled early in his career and pitched in only 19.1 innings in his first two major league seasons. In 2011, Simon pitched in 115.2 innings for the Baltimore Orioles, but was a putrid 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA.
Simon has pitched in 87.2 innings this season and is 9-3 in those 12 starts. If not for the dominance of Johnny Cueto, Simon would be the Reds' most consistent pitcher.
To put his 9 wins into perspective, Simon had 17 total wins coming into 2013-14, and nine already halfway through June.
Simon has a 2.95 Era and the lowest BABIP of his career. Simon is throwing less four seem fastballs. Instead he is throwing more two-seams fastballs, a pitch with natural movement coupled with velocity. He is throwing less sliders and relying more on his fastball and changeup.
But the question is can Simon keep up his early season success?
He is a career journeyman with no real success. And he's almost surpassed his inning total from last season. His age also is a strike against his resume and you would expect him to be more fatigued in August and September.
It is safe to say that Simon will not maintain the pace he is on. There is no reason to think that he will win 20 games this season. But it is safe to say Simon that Simon is in the midst of his best season as a professional.