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Gerrit Simpson, rhp
U. of Texas


The Reds drafted Simpson after each of his two years at Connors State (Okla.) JC but weren't able to sign him. He'll move up considerably from his 33rd-round status of 2000, as he transferred to Texas and became the ace of the rotation. Simpson likes to pitch at 91-93 mph and can touch 97, but he's better when he uses a less stressful delivery and operates at 89-91. His slider is an effective second pitch, and at times he shows a decent changeup.

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