6/7 Cubs pick RHP Simpson
The Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas University with the 16th pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft on Monday. It’s the third pitcher to be selected by scouting director Tim Wilken since he joined the Cubs in December 2005.
Simpson was recently named the Daktronics National Pitcher of the Year, only the second pitcher in Gulf South Conference history to earn the honors and first since Bubba Dixon did so in 1994. Simpson was 13-1 with a 1.81 ERA and six completed games in 15 starts for the Division II school, striking out 131 in 99 1/3 innings. He walked 35.
— Carrie Muskat