7/2 Minor matters, Part II
Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick this June, has yet to report to Mesa because of a viral infection. The Cubs told the pitcher to get well first. Simpson, a right-hander, apparently picked up the virus during his visit to Chicago.
* Nine players from Double-A Tennessee were selected to the Southern League All-Star game, including two catchers, Robinson Chirinos and Steve Clevenger. The list also includes Tony Campana, Ty Wright, Blake Lalli, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, David Cales, Hung-Wen Chen and Ryan Butcher.
“It’s a nice reward, especially in that league with that team,” said Oneri Fleita, the Cubs player development director.
— Carrie Muskat