Tagged: Hayden Simpson

3/30 Simpson, Brenly released

The Cubs released pitcher Hayden Simpson and catcher Michael Brenly from their Minor League camp. Simpson, the 16th pick taken overall, was the Cubs’ first-round Draft pick in 2010, but contracted mononucleosis shortly after he signed. The right-hander, who turns 24 on May 20, made 30 starts in 56 Minor League appearances from 2011-12, getting as far as High-A Daytona last year. Overall he went 5-17 with a 6.42 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 89 walks in 161 1/3 innings. He posted an ERA of at least 5.72 at each level along the way.

The Cubs also released Brenly, the son of former team broadcaster Bob Brenly. The younger Brenly, 26, hit .227 with six home runs and 28 RBIs for Double-A Tennessee last season, his fifth since the organization took him the 43rd round of the ‘05 Draft. Bob Brenly left the Cubs this offseason to broadcast games for the D-backs, the team he managed to the 2001 World Series title.

Other Minor League players released include Brett Wallach, Casey Harman and Joseph Zeller.

The Cubs also released Dontrelle Willis, who signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs in January. He was trying to comeback after “retiring” last July. The 2003 National League Rookie of the Year made one Cactus League appearance on Feb. 25 against the Dodgers. He issued a walk, then exited with tightness in his left shoulder while facing the next batter. Originally an eighth-round pick by the Cubs in 2000, Willis won 46 games with a 3.27 ERA for the Marlins from 2003-05 but has struggled with injuries and poor performance in recent years. He last pitched in the Majors in ‘11, when he made 13 starts for the Reds, posting a 5.00 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Boise loses 1st game vs. Vancouver

Balbino Fuenmayor hit a go-ahead two-run single in a seven-run seventh inning to lift Vancouver to a 10-7 victory over Boise in the Game 1 of the Northwest League championship series on Thursday night. Vancouver sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh. Marco Hernandez had three hits, Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs, and Jeimer Candelario hit a single and double for the Hawks. Hayden Simpson took the loss, giving up three runs on two walks. He was unable to retire a batter. Game 2 of the best of three series will be played in Boise on Saturday, with Pierce Johnson slated to start.

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Draft picks

With the First-Year Player Draft coming up June 4, here’s a look at recent Cubs picks:

2007: 3B Josh Vitters

Vitters was batting .263 in 44 games with Triple-A Iowa. He has 11 doubles, four homers, 21 RBIs and one stolen base.

2008: RHP Andrew Cashner

Traded to the Padres in January for first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

2009: OF Brett Jackson

Jackson was batting .232 in 43 games at Triple-A Iowa with four homers, 10 doubles, five triples, 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases. He has a .325 on-base percentage, and has struck out 61 times in 168 at-bats. He has 22 walks. Jackson has played all three outfield positions, but primarily center field. He’s been hitting sixth in five games and was 6-for-18 (.333) compared to hitting .202 in the leadoff spot.

2010: RHP Hayden Simpson

The right-hander, whose career was slowed after a bout with mononucleosis, is at Class A Daytona and has been pitching in relief in the last six games after going 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA (15 earned runs in 17 innings) in his first four starts. So far, he’s given up 10 earned runs on 18 hits and 12 walks over 15 1/3 innings in six relief appearances.

2011: SS Javier Baez

Baez has been playing in Mesa at extended Spring Training with several other Draft picks from last year. He has yet to be assigned to a Minor League team.

— Carrie Muskat

4/18 Minor League report

Chris Rusin gave up six runs — two earned — on six hits in one inning in Iowa’s 13-6 loss to Albuquerque on Tuesday. Adrian Cardenas had two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games and Anthony Rizzo had two hits and now is batting .500 (20-for-50).

Tennessee’s game at Huntsville was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Hayden Simpson gave up six runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-7 loss to Dunedin. Greg Rohan had two hits, including a two-run homer. He has 10 RBIs, tops on the team.

Oliver Zapata scored the game-winning run in the eighth on an error to help Peoria beat Cedar Rapids, 7-6. P.J. Francescon started and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Zapata finished with three hits and a stolen base. Yao-Lin Wang picked up the win in relief, throwing two shutout innings. He has seven scoreless innings this season and has given up one hit (opposing batters are 1-for-21).

— Carrie Muskat

7/12 Minor League report

The Iowa Cubs are in fourth place at the All-Star break with a 41-50 record. They should get a boost with the additions of Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty, who will join the team Thursday.

Nelson Perez had two hits, including his sixth home run, in Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Chattanooga on Monday. Dallas Beeler started and gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings. Ryan Flaherty reached base three times, with a walk and two hits.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 5-2 win over Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader. Logan Watkins had three hits. In the second game, Casey Harman threw five shutout innings in a 2-1 Daytona win. Watkins had two more hits as did Evan Crawford and Dustin Harrington.

Elliot Soto had two hits in Peoria’s 2-1, 10-inning loss to Cedar Rapids. Eric Jokisch pitched well, throwing seven shutout innings.

Luis Liria gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-0 loss to Everett. Wilson Contreras had three hits. Kyler Burke, a converted outfielder, gave up a hit and a walk in four scoreless innings in relief.

Hayden Simpson gave up three runs on four hits over two innings in Mesa’s 12-5 loss to the Giants. Taiwan Easterling had three hits and scored two runs.

— Carrie Muskat

4/26 Minor League report

Robert Coello gave up six runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings in Iowa’s 12-8 win over Memphis. Lou Montanez had four hits, including three doubles and his third home run, and four RBIs and Brad Snyder hit his first homer. Welington Castillo, back behind the plate after being slowed this spring with a sore index finger, went 2-for-5, and Scott Moore had two hits.

Rafael Dolis gve up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 8-4 loss to Jacksonville. Rebel Ridling had three hits, including his fifth home run, a two-run shot, and three RBIs.

Daytona’s game at Dunedin was postponed because of wet grounds.

Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in last year’s Draft, gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings in Peoria’s 14-3 win over Clinton. Simpson struck out three. Pierre LePage, Greg Rohan and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and three RBIs. With the win, the Chiefs climbed above .500 for the first time this season.

— Carrie Muskat

12/6 Cubs notebook

Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, was expected to begin workouts in Mesa, Ariz., later this month if he passes all medical checkups. Simpson did not report to a Minor League team after the Draft because he was sidelined with a severe case of mononucleosis. The right-handed pitcher from Southern Arkansas University, who was the 16th overall selection. Simpson was to get a head start on his workouts before Christmas, take time off for the holidays, and then return to Mesa.

* Camp Colvin has begun in Mesa. The workout program, which helped outfielder Tyler Colvin gain 25 pounds last season, is run by strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss. Colvin is among the participants and reports are that he’s doing well after having his season cut short prematurely when he was hit in the chest by a broken bat.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs sign 4 Draft picks

The Cubs agreed to terms with four more of their First-Year Player Draft picks by Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, including seventh-round pick Benjamin Wells and ninth-round selection Kevin Rhoderick.

In total, the Cubs agreed to terms with 15 of their first 16 picks. The only exception was outfielder Ivan DeJesus of Cupeyville (Puerto Rico) High School, who is no relation to Cubs first base coach Ivan DeJesus.

Wells, a right-handed pitcher out of Bryant High School in Arkansas, and Rhoderick, a right-handed pitcher from Oregon State University, were the last to sign among the top 10 picks.

Besides Wells and Rhoderick, the other Draft picks who agreed to terms Monday include left-handed pitcher Casey Harman, selected in the 29th round out of Clemson University, and left-handed pitcher Brian Smith, a 40th-round pick out of St. Mary’s Catholic (Ontario).

The Cubs agreed to terms with 29 of their first 50 selections, including 21 of their first 25 selections.

Chicago selected right-hander Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas in the first round, but he has been unable to play in the Minor Leagues this year after a bout with mononucleosis.

— Carrie Muskat

7/20 No. 1 pick sidelined

Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, will not play baseball this summer because he’s battling mononucleosis, according to scouting director Tim Wilken, who was in Boise. Simpson, the 16th selection overall out of Southern Arkansas, was 13-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 99 1/3 innings this spring. The Cubs had hoped to have Simpson go to Mesa, Ariz., after he signed and then report to Boise.

“Maybe this is a blessing in disguise,” Wilken told reporters in Boise on Monday night. “Not for Boise and not for the selfish Tim Wilken, who wants to see him in a game.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/2 Minor matters, Part II

Hayden Simpson, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick this June, has yet to report to Mesa because of a viral infection. The Cubs told the pitcher to get well first. Simpson, a right-hander, apparently picked up the virus during his visit to Chicago.

* Nine players from Double-A Tennessee were selected to the Southern League All-Star game, including two catchers, Robinson Chirinos and Steve Clevenger. The list also includes Tony Campana, Ty Wright, Blake Lalli, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, David Cales, Hung-Wen Chen and Ryan Butcher.

“It’s a nice reward, especially in that league with that team,” said Oneri Fleita, the Cubs player development director.

— Carrie Muskat