6/7 More on Cubs 1st pick Simpson
Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken said the team’s first-round pick, Hayden Simpson, has a good four-pitch mix and also a very good feel for pitching. Simpson’s style has been compared to Tim Lincecum, and Wilken said physically, the wiry Simpson is a cross between Lincecum and Roy Oswalt.
“I see a similarity in that we both use our whole bodies to throw the ball,” Simpson said of Lincecum’s somewhat contorted delivery. “We use everything we have.”
“It rivals it a little bit. You don’t have quite the arch,” Wilken said. “He’s pretty supple. He’s got a very fast arm.”
Scouts say Simpson has the same bulldog attitude that Oswalt and Lincecum have, too. Cubs Minor League roving pitching instructor Mark Riggins graded Simpson “100 percent” on his delivery. Wilken said one club that had extra picks on the first day of the First-Year Player Draft also was close to taking Simpson.
“This guy just made sense,” Wilken said.
GM Jim Hendry spoke to Simpson Monday night. The signing deadline is Aug. 16. If Simpson did sign early, he could report to Mesa, Ariz., for mini camp, and then it would be determined where the right-hander would be assigned.
— Carrie Muskat