We were on Hayden Simpson in the preseason. But no one was on him at No. 17 overall.
Simpson, our No. 191 prospect on our Top 200, was our preseason Division II pitcher of the year, and he was the pitcher of the year at Division II. But Simpson is a big surprise as a 6-foot, 170-pound righthander whose velocity parks at 92-94 mph, and he lost just two games in three seasons.
Still, many scouts had Simpson in as a middle reliever. We knew this was a volatile first round, but we didn't think Simpson could go No. 16 overall. This is reminiscent of the Cubs' 2006 first-rounder in Tyler Colvin. Colvin was toward the back of the top 200 that year as well, and he's in the big leagues now. More to come on Simpson.
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