When the Chicago Cubs shocked the world with their first round pick in the 2010 Draft, taking 191st ranked prospect Hayden Simpson, most expected that it meant at least one thing: they’ll be able to sign him.
And they were right. Probably.
The Cubs can’t put out an official announcement because of a pending physical exam, but sources say they’ve agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Hayden Simpson, their No. 1 draft pick.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Simpson pitched for Southern Arkansas University. He was 13-1 this year with a 1.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts.
Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken shocked many draft observers with the pick of Simpson, whom Baseball America ranked the 191st-best prospect.
Wilken likened Simpson physically to star pitchers Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum. On draft day, June 7, both Simpson and the Cubs expressed optimism the two sides could get a deal done soon. Daily Herald.
It will be very interesting to learn what kind of money Simpson gets and where he will be assigned.