Useful Utility: Grand Junction's Versatile Simpson Claims Pioneer League MVP

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The Rockies might not know exactly where Colin Simpson will eventually settle in as a defensive player, but he has not only show versatility in his pro season, he has made an impact with his bat. Simpson, the Rockies 29th round draft choice out of Oklahoma State in last June's first-year player draft, was selected the Rookie Pioneer League MVP.

The 5-foot-9, 228 pound Simpson was listed as a catcher on the draft sheet, but he has move around the field for the Grand Junction team, which will open the Pioneer Playoffs on Sunday, hosting Ogden (Dodgers) in the first game of a best-of-three battle to advance to the Pioneer title game.

Grand Junction's game at Rocky Mountain (Brewers) in Colorado Springs was postponed on Friday. The teams are scheduled to wrap up the regular season on Saturday night.

Simpson goes into Saturday's regular-season finale against Rocky Mountain in Colorado Springs hitting .309 with a .667 slugging percentage and .383 on base percentage. He has 12 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs, 49 RBI, 25 walks, 69 strikeouts and five stolen bases.

Simpson was also named a Pioneer League Player Of The Week for the week of July 15-21, a Pioneer League End-Of-Season All-Star, and a Pioneer League Mid-Season All-Star, representing Grand Junction and the Pioneer League in the All-Star Home Run Derby matching the Pioneer League against the Northwest League.

Simpson joined current Rockies outfielder David Dahl (2012) and and prospect Coco Montes (2018) in winning the MVP honor.