IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa redshirt senior Jared Simpson was selected by the Washington Nationals on Monday in the 8th Round of the 2023 Major League Baseball Draft. Simpson was the 225th pick overall.
Simpson is the 28th player drafted under head coach Rick Heller. He is the third highest pitcher drafted under Heller at Iowa (Adam Mazur, No. 53 and Blake Hickman, No. 202).
The Clinton, Iowa, native had a 4-3 record in 22 appearances in 2023. He tallied 64 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. Simpson had a 6.54 ERA with a .253 batting average against. Simpson made one start and had one save.
A transfer from Missouri and Iowa Western CC, Simpson made 41 career appearances and had a 4-4 record. Simpson tallied 93 strikeouts to 45 walks.
The Hawkeyes finished the 2023 season with a 44-16 overall record with the 44 wins tied for most in program history. Iowa finished third in the Big Ten regular season standings, advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game and the team won two games at the Terre Haute Regional in Iowa’s first NCAA Regional appearance since 2017.