(GAME DATE — July 30, 2020) — There were plenty of hugs and handshakes all around as 22-year-old minor league RHP Justin Hughes left the Chicago Pit Bulls today en route to joining the Pittsburgh Iron Pigs organization. 30-year-old RHP Andy Boyles will be traveling to Chicago Pit Bulls to complete the swap.
This year Boyles has compiled a 6-11 mark with a 5.18 ERA. Analysts think that Boyles has some upward potential still, showing demonstrated leadership on the field and a noted curveball. His career ERA is 3.91 and a team with better offense and younger defense like Chicago could see his season ERA drop down to near his career average again.
Hughes, who went undrafted out of Everglades University and signed a minor league free agency deal with Montreal in 2018 and was later released, was showing solid progress at AA-level Anchorage, going 6-0 with a 3.66 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. The Alabama native was named to the Pasture League all-star team this season.
It was the second trade today for both organizations, as earlier Pittsburgh completed a deal with Ohio, and the Pit Bulls locked down a trade with the Dragons.