MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 28 Corey Simpson, OF

28== A RH slugger from Texas (no, not signing Nelson Cruz) ==

MB 100 | No. 28 Corey Simpson

OF | 2014 age: 20 | Bats: RH | 6-2, 210

6th round of 2013 draft out of high school (Sweeny, TX)

2013 ranking: not yet in organization

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 19 Mariners Rk 14 51 45 7 11 2 0 3 7 0 0 6 13 .244 .333 .489 .822
1 Season 14 51 45 7 11 2 0 3 7 0 0 6 13 .244 .333 .489 .822
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2013 19 0 5.88% 11.76% 21.57% 0.245 25.49% 106 107 113

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Special Sauce:

  • You’ll see in the video below, that Simpson’s first base skills are “special” in the euphemistic, politically correct use of the word.
  • That’s why he played only in right field once he turned pro.
  • (In Simpson’s defense, he was mostly a catcher in high school, and didn’t have much experience at first.)

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Commentary:

Of course, you can’t tell anything from 14 games in Rookie League.  But Simpson made an impression with that small amount of data, and it confirmed what was being said before the draft (which is why we give it more weight than it would otherwise deserve).

In just 51 trips to the plate, Simpson homered three times and walked six times.  We like those ratios so far.  And he looks like a guy who will have a clue (OK, except at first base), and have a big bat.

It’s a funny thing how, as late as mid-summer of last year, the organization still looked completely starved of right-handed power (outside of Mike Zunino), then …

  • D.J. Peterson raked when healthy.
  • Austin Wilson emerged late in the summer as a force.
  • Jabari Blash finally looked totally legit, and crushed AA.
  • Simpson homered in his first game, and was solid thereafter.

Those four could eventually address the “left-handed tilt” from within, though it will be awhile before we really know what Simpson can do.

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Extra Innings:

His is a Simpson after all.

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