Results tagged ‘ Hayden Simpson ’

6/19 Cubs reach terms with 15 picks

Besides signing No. 1 pick Hayden Simpson, the Cubs announced Saturday they have reached agreement with 15 of their 50 selections, including seven of the first 14. Here’s a list of the Cubs’ First-Year Player Draft picks who have agreed to terms:

Round 1: RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas

Round 4: LHP Hunter Ackerman, Louisburg, College

Round 8: LHP Cameron Greathouse, Gulf Coast Community College

Round 10: RHP Aaron Kurcz, College of Southern Nevada

Round 11: LHP Eric Jokisch, Northwestern University

Round 12: RHP Austin Reed, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School

Round 14: RHP Colin Richardson, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School

Round 19: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald, Hill Junior College

Round 20: IF Ryan Cuneo, University of Delaware

Round 22: C Jeff Vigurs, Bryant University

Round 23: RHP Matthew Loosen, Jacksonville University

Round 25: RHP Eric Rice, Palm Beach Community College.

Round 28: RHP Joseph Zeller, The Masters College

Round 32: LHP Brent Ebinger, Lambuth University

Round 34: IF Dustin Harrington, East Carolina University

– Carrie Muskat

6/17 First round pick update

The Cubs appear to be close to signing No. 1 pick Hayden Simpson, selected 16th overall in the First-Year Player Draft. Simpson, a right-handed pitcher from Southern Arkansas, could be at Wrigley Field this weekend to announce the signing.

The Cubs have agreed to terms with 11 of their picks from the June Draft, including Hunter Ackerman, taken in the fourth round out of Louisburg College.

– Carrie Muskat

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

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

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