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Quote of the Day: Cubs' first rounder 'shocked'

Jun 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson, on the Cubs taking him last night with the 16th overall pick:

It came as a complete shock. We were hearing second to fifth round. I don’t see any problem with me signing.

No, when you’re a Division II player expecting to go in, say, the fourth round and the Cubs pick you in the middle of the first round, I imagine negotiating an agreeable signing bonus won’t be an issue.
Simpson has been by far the most-criticized pick of the draft. Baseball America had him ranked as the No. 191 prospect available and according to editor-in-chief John Manuel “many scouts had Simpson in as a middle reliever.” ESPN.com’s Keith Law noted that representatives from other teams were contacting him after the Simpson pick, saying stuff like “are you kidding?” and “not in our top 200.”
Maybe the Cubs just liked him for the cool-sounding name?

  1. Josh Fisher - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Speechless, even. :)

  2. ecp - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Cubs fans were shocked too.

  3. MVD - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Cool name? Sounds like a girl.

  4. Alex K - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Shocked is the nice way to put it…..

  5. Jamie - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Best part about watching this last night: MLB Network didn’t even have a name plate made for him to hang up on their draft board, so they had to print one out.

  6. scatterbrian - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Last night in SoCal, you could hear the collective “Doh!” coming from the Chicago.

  7. michael alamillo - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    They all need to say a prayer before going out in the field. POSITIVE THINKING

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