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

5 Comments

now, i’m no baseball scout, and i know that Wilken has a pretty good track record, but i’m pretty sure we could have gotten this guy in a later round. i mean, he was rated 191st on Baseball America’s prospect list. there were several other pitchers on the board still that we could have grabbed and eventually drafted Simpson in the 2nd or 3rd round. this seems like an Al Davis pick to me…

Wilken was quoted as saying he was all but certain Simpson would be gone by the time the Cubs picked in the 2nd round.

I’ll cut Wilken a break, he seems to have done pretty good in the past. It’s not like he signed and aging, over-rated “superstar” with fading, one-dimensional hitting skills amd NO defensive skills to a team record breaking 8 year contract at the same time handcuffing paryroll flexability AND player development…c’mon who the hell would do something THAT stupid? (and get to keep his job?)

joeydafish, it is well documented by now that you strongly dislkike jim hendry and disagree with his decisions. But does it really have to be the topic of every comment you make here? It’s getting a little old buddy.

bshi90, sorry pal. But it’s not like I signed and aging, over-rated “superstar” with fading, one-dimensional hitting skills and NO defensive skills to a team record breaking 8 year contract at the same time handcuffing paryroll flexability AND player development…c’mon, now, who would DO that?
By the way, who’s Jim Hendry???

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