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Remember Hayden Simpson? Yeah, He Still Exists

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

The Chicago Cubs shocked the rest of the baseball world when they selected Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson – a player pegged as a third or fourth rounder – in the first round of the 2010 draft. And then Simpson went down with a bad case of mono, and we didn’t hear much about him thereafter.


He’s finally getting ready to start throwing again.

Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, was expected to begin workouts in Mesa, Ariz., later this month if he passes all medical checkups. Simpson did not report to a Minor League team after the Draft because he was sidelined with a severe case of mononucleosis. The right-handed pitcher from Southern Arkansas University, who was the 16th overall selection. Simpson was to get a head start on his workouts before Christmas, take time off for the holidays, and then return to Mesa. Muskat Ramblings.

Even though he hasn’t pitched in a Cubs uniform, Simpson is considered a top ten prospect in the system. He’ll get a start in A ball somewhere next year, with a chance to end the season at AA.


Brett Taylor

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