Chicago Cubs top pick Hayden Simpson won't pitch for Boise Hawks this summer

By Brian Murphy

Chicago Cubs' first-round draft pick Hayden Simpson will not play in Boise this summer because of mono, said Tim Wilken, the organization's director of amateur and professional scouting.

"He's probably done for the summer, unfortunately," Wilken said before the Hawks' game with Spokane on Monday night in Boise.

The Cubs took Simpson, a right-handed pitcher from Division II Southern Arkansas, with the 16th pick in the first round. It was a surprise selection, given Simpson's slight build (6-foot, 175 pounds).

Simpson went 13-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 99.1 innings for Southern Arkansas. He signed with the Cubs for a reported $1.06 million.

The Cubs were planning to limit Simpson's workload during the summer, though he was expected to pitch in Boise.

"Maybe this is a blessing in disguise," Wilken said. "Not for Boise and not for the selfish Tim Wilken, who wants to see him in a game."

Wilken said Simpson would "probably" pitch in the fall, "if healthy."

Darn! But what if he'd caught stereo or quad?


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