Today's perspective - hopefully, in a few months, it won't matter.
When it became obvious that Head Draft Wizard Tim Wilken picked a guy who wasn't even profiled by any of the draft sources, my first thought was whether this Wilken has gotten so full of himself that he pulled what Bill Simmons calls a "Keith Hernandez" move.
Wilken has had several of his picks succeed, so could it be that he picked Hayden Simpson just because, well, he COULD? I mean, did he wake up that morning, thinking "gatdammit, if I decide today to draft a quadriplegic with a thrachea tube, then I WILL, because I'm Tim Wilken, dammit"?? I guess I kind of subconscously factored the whole "was he picked because someone else wanted him before our next second round" logic that Sayers40 referred to...but I did not have the ability to organize it in my head.
All I knew was that it was controversial.
Here's the good news: regardless of whether we could have ended up with another Stud-to-be-named-later at 16 and still received the Great Hayden Simpson in the second round? In a few months, if he tears up Boise or Peoria, or wherever they send him, we will all forget that we also could have had Jaime Sale or whoever the Sox drafted. Fact is, if you have merely one of your first two picks succeed in a given year, you are doing well.
If Simpson flops, well, it will most definitely sting, since there were many more highly touted prospects left on the board at the time. But being highly touted, hell, being called the Best College Hurler in History isn't enough of a guarantee of lasting success. Right, Mr. Calves?
But, if he becomes the next Roy Oswalt, or something close to it, nobody will care that he might have lasted until the next round, and if he does succeed, maybe Wilken will pick that Quad with the Trache next year. THAT'll really rile them up.
I understand where Simpson was picked was, at best, shortsighted and impatient. Perhaps it was, at worst, hubris run amock. But in a situation where there is plenty to worry about, let's let that go. Let's all pull for Hayden to hit it big. Let's hope for a feel-good. Better than watching what we have out there right now.