CJ Edwards is a 6’2″ right hander that helped the Daytona Cubs win the Florida State League title this past baseball season. Edwards was also named Minor League Baseball’s pitcher of the year early Wednesday morning.
Edwards started off the year in Hickory with the Rangers organization. During his time there he posted an 8-2 record with a 1.83 ERA. He started 18 games for Hickory and was dominant in just about all of them. Edwards also struck out 122 guys over the 18 games that he started. While he was with Hickory, he didn’t allow a home run over 93 and 1/3 innings pitched.
Edwards came over to the Cubs organization in the trade that sent Matt Garza to Texas in the middle of July. He came over with Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, and Justin Grimm. When Edwards got here he was immediately sent down to High A Daytona.
He made six starts for Daytona and posted a 1.96 ERA which is just a little worse than his 1.83 posted with Hickory. Either way the kid was dominant all year long. Which is what led to this award. Over the six starts he didn’t record a win or a loss.
Edwards also struck out 33 batters and gave up just 14 hits in the 23 innings he pitched for Daytona. When he arrived he joined a loaded Daytona team that only got better with his presence.
Properly nicknamed “The Stringbean Slinger” because of his tall and slender stature, Edwards figures to factor into the Cubs’ long term plans. There is no timetable on when we might see him in the big leagues, but after this I’m sure everyone is excited to see the kid in Cubbie blue.