This is a special edition of our daily minor league recap. I was going to save this for later, but the Cubs are finally getting more and more good news from Matt Garza and I think his outing is newsworthy by itself.
Pitching for the Iowa Cubs today, Garza worked 3.1 innings but it was more about how he looked than his final line.
His fastball was at around 94 mph for the first couple of innings and he sustained his velo fairly well considering where he's at. His last FB was clocked at 92 mph. Garza also threw more secondary pitches than last time out, throwing an 85 mph "wipeout" slider as described by @gems38 (by the way, give him a follow if you are on twitter. He did a great job reporting on Garza's rehab today). Garza also threw his change up and used it effectively against two MLB hitters. He struck out Trevor Crowe looking with it and fooled Brett Wallace with a couple change-ups as well.
Garza also threw strikes and got ahead of hitters early. In all he threw 54 pitches, 37 of them for strikes. He didn't walk a batter and struck out 3 in 3.1 inning. He was charge with one earne run when he left the game with a runner on first and he eventually came around to score.
The Cubs need help in all kinds of ways and nobody can bring an immediate impact more than Matt Garza. We can also be sure there were plenty of scouts on hand to see him, so it appears right now that the Cubs should have plenty options for their hard-throwing RHP.
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