The Chicago Cubs have selected catcher P.J. Higgins from Triple-A Iowa. To create space on the roster, veteran catcher Tony Wolters has been designated for assignment.
Higgins is slashing .333/.458/.513 in 11 games in 2021 for the Iowa Cubs. In addition, Higgins has scored seven runs, driven in six runs, walked eight times, and hit a home run. In his minor league career dating back to 2015, Higgins is slashing .273/.359/.370 in 484 career games. He has added 471 hits, 21 home runs, and 193 RBI’s over the course of his career.
Higgins was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft from Old Dominion University. He began his career as a second baseman, but moved to catcher in 2016 and has spent some time at third base as well.
The 28-year-old catcher is finally getting a chance to prove his worth at the big league level. Based on his play in 2019 and so far in 2021, he is very deserving of the opportunity.
As for Wolters, he has slashed .125/.276/.125 in 14 games with the Cubs in 2021. This is the second time the Cubs have DFA’d Wolters this season. If he goes unclaimed, he will likely join the Iowa Cubs at the Triple-A level.