Hayden Simpson officially signed with the Cubs Saturday … a deal worth $1.06 million. Simpson threw a bullpen session at Wrigley and will report to Mesa before going to Boise (Class-A short season). Simpson said he will finish the summer with the Boise Hawks before going to the instructional league this fall.
The Cubs took Simpson with the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft, easily the surprise pick of the first round.
Hayden Simpson liked Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine growing up and stated they are going to have to keep him away from Greg Maddux. Simpson said, “He’s going to have to keep me away from him, because I’m going to be bugging him.”
Along with Hayden Simpson, the Cubs have signed 20 of their 50 draft picks.
Simpson’s fastball tops out at 97 MPH. Simpson features a four-seam and two-seam fastball along with a curveball and changeup. Simpson has been compared to Tim Lincecum due to his 6-foot, 175-pound frame and unconventional delivery.
Tim Wilken joined Dave Kaplan during the Cubs Insider show (WGN Radio) Sunday and discussed Simpson, along with the rest of the Cubs’ draft. Kaplan asked Wilken about a possible sleeper in the draft. Wilken said one player to keep an eye on is their 11th round pick, left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch from Northwestern University.
Complete List of 2010 First-Year Player Draft picks that have come to terms with the Chicago Cubs
Round 1: RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas
Round 3: C Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State University
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 13: INF Pierre LePage, University of Connecticut
Round 14: RHP Colin Richardson, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School
Round 15: INF Elliot Soto, Creighton University
Round 16: RHP Ryan Hartman, Mt. Zion (Ill.) 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
Round 37: C Chad Noble, Northwestern University