Sims pitched in two spring-training games before Friday and has given up eight hits and four runs in seven innings, with no walks with seven strikeouts.
After giving up three hits and two runs to the first five batters Friday, including a Michael Conforto double, Sims recorded seven outs in his last seven batters, giving up one hit in that span and immediately inducing a ground-ball double play.
“I kind of got it handed to me a lot last year,” Sims said, “and I wanted to strengthen my mind — mental toughness — and show what I’m capable of. Show that I can learn from last year and I’m capable of better things.”
A first-round draft pick out of Brookwood in 2012, Sims hasn’t pitched in the majors and was a combined 7-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) in Double-A and Triple-A in 2016, including 2-6 with a 7.92 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) at Triple-A Gwinnett.
“I expected a little bit more out of myself (Friday), but there’s some positives and some negatives,” he said. “Take that and learn from it, move on to whenever I get to pitch again. … I went into the game trying to be aggressive. That was my mindset — be aggressive, pound the zone. I could have executed a little bit better.”