Lockhart to AAA, Watkins to Big Leagues

LockhartEVERETT, Wash. – The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that Northwest League South Division All-Star Danny Lockhart has been promoted to the AAA Iowa Cubs, prior to their afternoon tilt with the Tacoma Rainiers.

No corresponding roster move will be made.

Lockhart will take the place of another former Boise Hawk, Logan Watkins, who was promoted to Chicago after an injury to Cubs’ third-baseman Luis Valbuena landed him on the disabled list.  Watkins, who is in the starting line-up for today’s series finale against the Dodgers, will become the 102nd former Hawks’ player to play in the Big Leagues.

WatkinsLockhart, the tenth-round pick out from Dacula, Ga., was hitting .309 with 16 RBI in 44 games with the Hawks – ranking among the NWL leaders in batting average and hits.  Lockhart had 16 multi-hit games for Boise, including five three-hit games in July, when he led the team with a .329 batting average.  A replacement for him will be announced later today for the NWL All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Watkins (right), who played for the Hawks in 2009, was hitting .243 with eight homers and 26 RBI for the I-Cubs prior to the promotion.  While in Boise, the Kansas native was the everyday second-baseman, hitting .322 with 14 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and 29 RBI in 72 games.

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