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Cubs Prospect Interview: Joe Simokaitis

The first full professional season proved to be an up-and-down year for Joe Simokaitis, the 10th-round Cubs draft pick from the University of Nebraska in 2005. The shortstop started off slowly out of the gate, but toward the end of the year, he picked up more at-bats and made the most of them even while dealing with a strained hamstring.

Simokaitis batted .259 in 110 games at Class-A Daytona in 2006, hitting .315 in his final 23 games. Not known as a power hitter, he hit one home run and drove in 32 runs while drawing 37 walks for a .347 on-base percentage. We'd heard you were scheduled to go to the Instructional League, but didn't make it. Yeah, it's funny. I was on the list to go and then toward the end of the year, I tweaked...

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