Why I hate the Hayden Simpson draft pick
It's possible I could be wrong about this. Completely wrong. I hope I am. The thing about Hayden Simpson isn't that the Cubs drafted him. It's that they drafted him first in the draft. Look, you can like a player a lot and overdraft him. If Simpson is drafted by the Cubs in the second round, I'd consider it an overdraft but just figure the Cubs fell in love with him and they chose a guy slated for the 4th round in the 2nd, whatever, no harm, no fould, hope he suceeds.
But the problem here is that the first round pick is more important. The first round pick in this draft is going to result in the Cubs taking someone who can be a key contributor to the 2012-2017 period that the Cubs have to win a championship. A world championship. I don't think it is a good idea to be gambling with this pick. You take someone like Josh Sale or Zack Cox or even a pitcher like Alex Wimmers if you want to win in that five year period. You "gamble" on a guy like Simpson in the second or even better yet, third round. There is no good reason to take him here. Because of his size and bulldog attitude, I've heard him compared to Tim Lincecum. I admit that this comp is a ridiculous one as very few pitchers in major league history have been as successful in their first 3 years as Lincecum but Simpson had better be at least close to as good as Lincecum or I will consider this a wasted pick.
It's been a couple of hours since the pick but I still find myself scratching my head on this one.