CHASE SIMPSON
THIRD BASE
Born: February 17, 1992
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 14th Round, 431st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Wichita State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Simpson moved around a lot in his college career and, despite being drafted as a senior, doesn’t have that much of a track record.  He started as a freshman at Weatherford College.  He then moved to Oklahoma, where he didn’t get much playing time in 2012.  Simpson transferred to Wichita State in 2013 and spent the season as a redshirt.  He played on the same team as top prospect Casey Gillaspie this year and was described as having power from each side of the plate, although it didn’t show up in games.  Baseball America didn’t have him in its top 500, but he was ranked one of the top ten prospects for the 2014 draft out of Missouri Valley heading into the season.  Simpson was ranked right behind Cy Sneed, who went in the third round.  He signed a week after the draft.

2014
A-:  286/369/481, 189 AB, 14 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 26 BB, 40 K, 0-1 SB

Simpson was the primary third baseman at Jamestown and had a strong debut, hitting for average and power.  Unlike some of the Jammers’ hitters, who started off hot and then slumped after June, Simpson started well, cooled off a little, and finished strongly.  His OPS was .916 in June, .747 in July and .909 in August.  He had only a mild platoon split, with an OPS of .913 against LHPs and .834 against RHPs.

Simpson could move up to Bradenton, although Wyatt Mathisen will likely be there.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
 2012 .250 .344 .365 52 2 2 0 7 9 0 0
 2014 .258 .354 .431 209 14 2 6 31 53 2 0
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round, 431st overall pick; signed on June 14.