The Chicago Cubs Select … Hayden Simpson

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft began Monday evening. With the 16th pick of the first round, Tim Wilken selected Hayden Simpson a right-handed pitcher out of Southern Arkansas, a Division II school.

Baseball America labeled the Cubs’ pick as the “biggest shocker so far”. Baseball America ranked Simpson 191 on their Top 200 prospect list prior to the draft.

The Cubs made yet another unconventional pick, despite the fact Hayden Simpson was the pitcher of the year at Division II. Tim Wilken said, “This guy just made sense.”

For Picks in Rounds 2 – 30 – Read after the fold

According to Baseball America, Hayden Simpson was listed as a middle reliever by many scouts. The 21-year old right-hander (05/20/89) is 6-foot, 175-pounds and features a fastball in the low to mid 90s.

Hayden Simpson posted a 13-1 record with a 1.81 ERA for Southern Arkansas with six complete games. Simpson struck out 131 with only 35 walks in 99 1/3 innings … and recorded a 42 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings streak this past season, second-longest in Gulf South Conference history.

In three seasons at SAU, Simpson compiled a 35-2 record with a 2.39 ERA (72 earned runs in 271 innings) in 48 games, 39 starts. Simpson holds the school record for strikeouts (323), which translates to 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitches. Simpson recorded 12 career complete games and seven shutouts.

Tim Wilken on Hayden Simpson from Scout.com:

“I feel Hayden is a potential starter who has four average-to-plus pitches and is very athletic with a good feel for pitching. I think we’re fortunate to have received really good coverage from our scouts with this selection.”

Click here for a report on Hayden Simpson from Baseball Daily Digest that puts Simpson in the same company as Stephen Strasburg and Tim Lincecum.

Hayden Simpson said he was shocked to be picked in the first round by the Chicago Cubs.

Click here for Video of Hayden Simpson from MLB.com

If Tim Wilken has found a jewel in what many feel should have been a fourth or fifth round pick, maybe Hayden Simpson’s nickname should be “Shocker” because that has been the overwhelming reaction so far to the Cubs’ first round draft pick in 2010.

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft resumes Tuesday at 11:00am CDT. The next three picks for the Chicago Cubs are:

Second round – Pick 65
Third round – Pick 97
Fourth Round – Pick 130

The 2010 MLB draft concludes on Wednesday, June 9.

Cubs 2010 First Year Player Draft Picks:

2nd round pick, no. 65 overall: Reggie Golden, centerfielder, Wetumpka (Ala.) High School

3rd round pick, no. 97 overall: Micah Gibbs, catcher, Louisiana State University

4th round pick, no. 130 overall: Hunter Ackerman, left-handed pitcher, Louisburg (Va.) College

5th round pick, no. 160 overall: Matthew Szczur, outfielder, Villanova University

6th round pick, no. 190 overall: Ivan De Jesus, outfielder, Cupeyville (Puerto Rico) High School

7th round pick, no. 220 overall: Benjamin Wells, right-handed pitcher, Bryant (Ark.) High School

8th round pick, no. 250 overall: Cameron Greathouse, left-handed pitcher, Gulf Coast Community College

9th round pick, no. 280 overall: Kevin Rhoderick, right-handed pitcher, Oregon State

10th round pick, no. 310 overall: Aaron Kurcz, right-handed pitcher, College of Southern Nevada

11th round pick, no. 340 overall: Eric Jokisch, left-handed pitcher, Northwestern University

12th round pick, no. 370 overall: Austin Reed, right-handed pitcher, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School

13th round pick, no. 400 overall: Pierre LePage, second baseman, University of Connecticut

14th round pick, no. 430 overall: Colin Richardson, right-handed pitcher, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School

15th round pick, no. 460 overall: Elliot Soto, shortstop, Creighton University

16th round pick, no. 490 overall: Ryan Hartman, right-handed pitcher, Mt. Zion (Ill.) High School

17th round pick, no. 520 overall: Steven Brooks, Centerfielder, Wake Forest University

18th round pick, no. 550 overall: Ronald Pinckard, right-handed pitcher, Baylor University

19th round pick, no. 580 overall: Dustin Fitzgerald, right-handed pitcher, Hill (JC)

20th round pick, no. 610 overall: Ryan Cuneo, first baseman, University of Delaware

21st round pick, no. 640 overall: Cody Cox, right-handed pitcher, Grassfield High School

22nd round pick, no. 670 overall: Jeff Vigurs, catcher, Bryant University

23rd round pick, no. 700 overall: Matthew Loosen, right-handed pitcher, Jacksonville University

24th round pick, no. 730 overall: Dustin Geiger, right fielder, Merritt Island High School

25th round pick, no. 760 overall: Eric Rice, right-handed pitcher, Palm Beach CC

26th round pick, no. 790 overall: Danny Muno, shortstop, Fresno State University

27th round pick, no. 820 overall: Bryan Harper, left-handed pitcher, College of Southern Nevada

28th round pick, no. 850 overall: Joseph Zeller, right-handed pitcher, The Masters College

29th round pick, no. 880 overall: Casey Harman, left-handed pitcher, Clemson University

30th round pick, no. 910 overall: Karsten Strieby, first baseman, Arizona Western Col

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