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Sean's one sentence analysis: Simko's collegiate 4.31 BB/9 and 6.38 K/9 make me a little wary, but he found a way to get things done with a 4.31 ERA and 10-6 record.
Thoughts from the community:
"Simko is said to resemble Andy Pettitte in terms of physical size and demeanor. Throws 89-91 fastball as a starter, touching 93-94 in relief and two other unnamed pitches (best guess: curve and change) for strikes. Weak peripherals at both collegiate and GCL levels indicate he's another project." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)
"Another mid-round draft pick from a small college, Simko joins a slew of southeastern prospects this team has drafted lately (we must have a very convincing area scout working the Texas-to-Alabama circuit). His 2011 season is an incomplete; he had four appearances in July, the last of which on July 16th featured him facing 6 batters without getting an out (though 3 of those batters reached by way of error, part of an ugly 6-error effort from the team that day). He didn't pitch again for another month, so I'm assuming he got hurt in the effort. I'd guess he'll compete for a full-season bullpen job in 2012. - Todd Boss, Nationals Arm Race (@toddeboss)
Previous analysis and notes:
Nats.com roundup: "Simko had a 4.31 ERA and walked 46 batters in 96 innings but set a school record with 10 wins."
Simko has an extraordinary backstory: as Andrew Masuda of KSBY reports, "Simko broke his neck and his throwing hand and nearly died in a major car crash when he was in high school. Now, five years later, he's a major league draft pick." The San Luis Obispo Tribune went into further depth on 3/21/07, writing that "an off-duty emergency doctor was riding a bicycle when he came upon the wreck and prevented Todd from being moved — an eventual life-saving move considering doctors later told Todd he might have been paralyzed or killed had his neck shifted a minimum of two millimeters." Crazy stuff.
Simko signed with the Nats on June 16, 2011.