2010 MLB Draft Results: Who the Hell is the Chicago Cubs’ First-Round Selection?

June 8, 2010 by  

With the 16th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, the Cubs selected Hayden Simpson, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Southern Arkansas. The former "Mulerider" posted a 13-1 record in 15 starts to accompany a 1.81 ERA. He also threw an astounding 131 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings while walking only 35.

Simpson stands as a physically unimposing presence on the mound at 6'0", 170 lbs, but he throws with good velocity and solid mechanics.

His delivery is fairly simple with a smooth high leg kick, explaining the similarities to Roy Oswalt that Cubs' Scouting Director Tim Wilken compared him to (he also compared him to Tim Lincecum, probably for his ability to throw four above-average pitches).


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