The Boise Hawks front office announced the newest set of
moves by the Chicago Cubs, which includes recent standout Matt Szczur, just
before their five-game series against the Vancouver Canadians.
Szczur and third baseman George Matheus were promoted to
Class-A Peoria to join 2009 Boise standout, Hak-Ju Lee; while three players –
Alvaro Sosa, Marcos Perez and Wes Darvill — were demoted to the Mesa Cubs in
the Arizona Rookie League for further instruction.
In 18 games for the Hawks this season, Szczur is leading the
team in average (.397) and on-base percentage (.439) , and is third in runs
(17) and doubles (9) for the club.
Matheus was sent down to the Hawks after starting the 2010
season in Peoria, where he played in 16 games, hitting .160 with an OBP of only
.208. After returning to the Hawks, Matheus had a .237 batting average, while
increasing his OBP to .423.
Joining the Hawks for the home stand is former Centennial
High School pitcher, Jordan Latham, who went 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA for the Hawks
in 2007. Latham went 1-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 35 appearances for the Peoria
Chiefs this season.
Three rookies were also added to Boise’s roster Wednesday;
infielders Ryan Cuneo and Dustin Harrington, as well as pitcher Eric Rice, will
be joining the team from the AZL.
The Hawks (19-19) currently sit at second place in the East
Division to the Spokane Indians after losing five in a row, including a series
sweep by the Yakima Bears.
Fans should look to see how Boise responds after losing one
of its most consistent hitters, Szczur, who has provided a large amount of
offensive support for a lackluster lineup at times.