The Cubs have released right-handed pitcher Hayden Simpson, according to the Chicago Tribune. A first-round draft pick in 2010, Simpson posted a 6.56 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 63 strikeouts and 51 walks in 82 1/3 innings across two minor-league levels last season.
Cubs SP prospect Hayden Simpson was demoted from Class A Peoria to Mesa of the Arizona Rookie League on Sunday. Simpson dropped to 1-6 with a 5.72 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 16 starts after allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings on Friday. Simpson is allowing 11.2 hits per nine innings this season.