6/7 Draft possibilities

Who will the Cubs take in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft? Two mock Drafts predicted they will select high school senior Justin O’Connor, who could be a catcher or shortstop or even a pitcher. The Cubs, Mets, Athletics and Blue Jays all looked at O’Conner recently and he is considered one of the top 25 prep seniors in the nation by nearly every scouting service. He played for Cowan High School in Muncie, IN. The Cubs have the 16th pick.

– Carrie Muskat

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Hayden Simpson???? In all of the mock drafts i saw he wasnt anywhere in the first round or the 2nd round. Does anyone know anything about this kid?

Simpson concluded the 2010 season at 13-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 99 1/3 innings, en route to being a first team selection and the national pitcher of the year on all three post-season All-America teams (Rawlings/ABCA, Daktronics, NCBWA). He made 15 starts with six complete … See Moregames, tossing three shutouts and combining for three more, while … See Morepiling up 131 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .201 average. As of May 18, Simpson ranks second in the nation in wins and strikeouts, seventh in strikeouts per nine innings (11.9), 10th in ERA and 17th in hits allowed per nine innings (6.6).
Simpson’s seven career shutouts tie the Gulf South Conference record and he compiled a 42 2/3 consecutive scoreless inning streak this year, second best in league history. His 13-1 mark in 2010 is the second most wins in a season in school history, giving him a 35-2 record over his three years, tops in the school career wins category. Simpson also shattered the SAU career strikeouts (323) record this season and his 131 for the year was one shy of his own season record from a year ago. He had seven double-digit strikeout performances in 2010, including a season-high 13 twice.
Among his many Gulf South Conference achievements, Simpson stands second all-time in consecutive wins (15) and consecutive shutouts (2). He is third all-time in career wins, win percentage (.946) and career strikeouts, and had the third highest single-season strikeout ratio in history this year, fanning an average of 11.87 hitters per nine innings.

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