26-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Edwards was heavily used in his first full season as a member of the Cubs' bullpen, making a team-high 73 appearances while working as a key piece of the bridge to closer Wade Davis. He was effective ...
Carl Edwards Jr. Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $594,000 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Edwards (shoulder) will play catch Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
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Carl Edwards Jr. Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Carl Edwards Jr. Defensive Stats
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2018 Stat Review for Carl Edwards Jr. As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAlmora, Albert (OF)
AABalaguert, Yasiel (OF)
A+Ademan, Aramis (SS)
AAbbott, Cory (P)
RookieClark, Bailey (P)
Carl Edwards Jr.: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The second year of Edwards' tenure in the bullpen was a success as he pushed his strikeout rate to a career-high 37.7 percent while issuing walks at his lowest rate (10.1 percentage) since his 2013 stint at High-A. Armed with a high-90s fastball and steady curveball, Edwards has the arsenal necessary to become a shut-down option at the back of the bullpen. Not surprisingly, his elevated strikeout rate was supported by a 17.8 percent swinging-strike rate -- the sixth-highest mark among relievers with 30 or more innings pitched -- and his 2.87 FIP was nearly a full run below his ERA. Even if he's not positioned to handle save situations regularly for the Cubs with Wade Davis in town, Edwards may emerge to have value in deeper formats where setup men are utilized as he's earning the trust of manager Joe Maddon while showing the ability to handle hitters from both side of the plate (LHH posted a .191 wOBA against him, RHH posted a .210 mark).
A 49th-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2011, Edwards rose through the ranks of the Cubs' system after he was acquired in 2013 to become arguably the organization's top pitching prospect. A shoulder strain cost him significant development time in 2014, and unfortunately he was converted to a reliever last year, with mixed results. In 55.1 innings in the minors in 2015, he struck out 75 and allowed just 26 hits — including only one home run. Unfortunately, he also walked 41, leading to a 1.21 WHIP, which is a bit high for a pitcher with a minuscule .139 BAA. The Cubs did give him a late-season run, and would probably like to see more of him this year, but until he gets the walks down he'll struggle against MLB hitters. Still, this is a special skill set, so the skinny right-hander could find himself closing someday.
Edwards, the Cubs' top pitching prospect, appears to have the 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame that he's credited with. He's very skinny, and most of that frame comes from Edwards' long legs. If he were graded purely off of stuff and production to this point in his career, Edwards would likely be much higher on prospect lists. Walks have been an occasional issue for Edwards, as he's issued 73 free passes in 182 innings, but he's offset that with 220 strikeouts and just two home runs allowed as a professional. It's also worth noting that Edwards has been excellent against Top 20 prospects, carrying a 26.1% K% and allowing a .188 average against them over the past two seasons. Durability is the primary concern with Edwards, especially after a right shoulder strain cost him nearly four months to begin the 2014 season. He'll likely return to Double-A to start 2015, with the hope of pushing his way to the big leagues before season's end, but a strict innings cap seems likely.
A 49th-round pick in 2011, Edwards has more than exceeded expectations in the minors, and is probably the best piece (not Mike Olt) acquired in the Matt Garza trade. He's been unhittable in the minors, even when he was promoted to High-A Daytona after the deal. His strikeout rate has been above 11.0 K/9 at every stop so far (with respectable walk rates to boot). The 6-foot-2 right-hander might only need one more year in the minors before he's starting games at Wrigley Field. He looks like a gem.