Out with the Old, in with the New
To say that the Chicago Cubs were busy tinkering with the Boise Hawks over the last 36 hours was an understatement – as no fewer than 12 roster moves were made by the parent club…luckily, not affecting the product on the field, as the Hawks held off Eugene, 5-4, in the series opener at Memorial Stadium.
Of the six moves out of Boise, Corey Martin definitely earned his promotion to the Peoria Chiefs after converting 7-of-7 save opportunities…and hopefully he’ll be used in that same roll in the Midwest League, as Peoria has been struggling late in ballgames to hold leads – blowing another late-inning lead tonight against Kane County.
The injuries to Tarlandus Mitchell and Brandon May have sent the duo to Mesa for rehab work at the Cubs training complex, while news from Mesa is that Marcus Hatley, the third member of the Hawks on the DL has begun to play long toss and may be throwing from a mound soon.
Joe Zeller and Yao-Lin Wang head to Mesa to get more instruction – as the duo has struggled with their command while in Boise. Finally, likeable outfielder Runey Davis was released by the Cubs – unfortunately for him, after having to endure the nearly eight hour bus ride back from Spokane.
A total of six new players head to town – including five 2010 draft picks. The Boise media has already found its latest media darling in outfielder Matt Szczur (surplanting Pierre LePage in that category) – the fifth-round pick out of Villanova, who just like 2006 Hawks alum, Jeff Samardzija, will play his senior football season in college.
Pitchers Brent Ebinger (32nd Round out of Lambuth U.), Matt Loosen (28th Round out of Jacksonville U.), and Dustin Fitzgerald (19th Round out of Hill JC in Texas) have joined the club, along with shortstop Elliot Soto (15th Round out of Creighton U.) – who made his Hawks debut tonight, showing flashes of the glove that may be his ticket up the professional ladder.
Also back for the Hawks today was Eduardo Figueroa, who spent the second half of last season in Boise. The Venezuela native had a great start to the Arizona Rookie League season, striking out 16 men in just 12 innings of work, earning the promotion.
BY THE NUMBERS – Some interesting statistics for the Hawks as we are one game into the second half of the First Half of the Northwest League season (through Game 20 of 38)…the Hawks are a perfect 9-0 this year when leading after the 5th inning and are a perfect 11-0 when leading after the 7th….Boise is a perfect 4-0 in one-run games in 2010…