Former Felician College baseball player Jimmy Simpson has signed a professional contract for 2013 with the Fort Worth (Texas) Cats of the independent United Baseball League.
Simpson, a 23-year-old Florida native, was a four-year starter for Felician from 2009 to 2012. He played regularly at four positions over the course of his career – second base, third base, shortstop, and left field. Simpson was an all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree in both his junior and senior seasons, including as a utility man in 2011. A .262 career hitter, he is 13th in Golden Falcon history with 127 career base hits, and is also among the program's all-time leaders in sacrifices and toughest-to-strike-out rate.
"It is every baseball player's dream growing up to play professionally," Simpson said. "Getting this opportunity is amazing. It's a great feeling to get paid to play the game. I'm a little nervous, but it's still the same game – you have to throw the ball, catch the ball and hit the ball."
Simpson was signed directly out of an open tryout in December. He reports to Fort Worth on May 11, and the Cats' regular season begins on May 23.
Simpson is the 11th former Felician player to sign a professional contract, including the sixth position player. Click here to view the complete list.
"Jimmy's versatility makes any manager's job easier," said 10th-year Felician head coach Chris Langan. "He possesses above-average defensive ability at several positions, and makes consistent contact at the plate. Over the last two years he has made marked improvements to his speed and strength. We are proud of Jimmy and his accomplishments and wish him well for a solid season."