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Cubs Scouting Director Discusses First-Round Pick Hayden Simpson

Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com briefly interviewed Tim Wilken, the Chicago Cubs scouting director, for his thoughts on the team’s first round selection in this year’s draft, pitcher Hayden Simpson.

“I feel Hayden is potentially a major league starter,” Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken said. “He has four above-average to plus-pitches. He’s a very athletic pitcher, and he has a good feel for pitching. We had really good reports and very good coverage on Simpson.”

Levine also notes the following regarding Simpson’s short-term professional plans.

After Simpson signs, the plan is to send him to Mesa, Ariz., the site of the Cubs’ training complex, and after a brief minicamp, the likelihood is he will be sent to one of their short-season A teams.