Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards, above, was traded by the Texas Rangers along with fellow minor leaguers Mike Olt (Triple-A) and Justin Grimm (Class A) to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Matt Garza on Monday night.
Edwards, who was scheduled to start for Hickory on Monday night against Charleston, was assigned to the Cubs High-A affiliate in Daytona, Fla.
The 21-year-old Edwards was the ace of the Hickory pitching rotation this year and one of the best pitchers in the South Atlantic League.
A 2011 48th round pick, Edwards was 8-2 with a 1.82 ERA this season, while also ranking among the SAL leaders in ERA (1st), strikeouts (1st, 122), wins (2nd) and batting average against (3rd, .186).
The trade marks the first time the Crawdads have lost a player to a mid-season trade since 2009.
That year, right-handed pitcher Matt Nevarez was sent to the Houston Astros as part of a package for Ivan Rodriguez.