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79 C.J. Edwards SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/170 | Birthdate: 9/3/1991 | Birthplace: Newberry, SC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 7/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Report: Cubs promote prospect C.J. Edwards to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) The Cubs promoted starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa, according to 670 The Score.

Edwards, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 38) and MLB.com (No. 47), went 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 relief appearances for Tennessee. He had 36 strikeouts and 17 walks in 23 2/3 innings.


Cubs prospect Edwards could find quicker path to majors as RP


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) While the Cubs still view prospect C.J. Edwards as a starting pitcher long-term, having him begin the year as a reliever at Double-A Tennessee means he could get to the majors a little quicker, per The Chicago Tribune.

"He looked outstanding this spring," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We used him in a bunch of relief outings, and his stuff was electric. Certainly maybe it's a quicker path into the big leagues as a reliever.

"We certainly, in no way, shape or form, have given up on him as a starter. But we also realize we got to manage his innings a little bit this year and start him off in that role allows us to do that, and then make an assessment which way we want to go with him."

Edwards, who was acquired in a trade with the Rangers in July 2013, missed three months last season due to a right shoulder strain. The top-100 prospect is 14-7 with a 1.86 ERA over career career outings (49 starts) in the minors.


C.J. Edwards will start Double-A season in the bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards will start his 2015 campaign at Double-A Tennessee in the bullpen, according to the Chicago Tribune. Edwards owns a 1.86 ERA in three minor-league seasons, with only one relief outing. He has yet to pitch more than 116 1/3 innings in a season.

Cubs' Maddon believes 'strongly' in C.J. Edwards


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon praised pitching prospect C.J. Edwards after he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Thursday, CSNChicago.com reports.

"I like this kid a lot," Maddon said. "Great delivery. Easy delivery. The ball out of the hand is exceptional. Real nice curveball. He’s just learning his craft, but he was very impressive."

Edwards allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings this spring while striking out two and walking none. Though it hasn't been determined whether Edwards will be used as a starter or reliever in the long term, Maddon is confident he has a role in the major leagues.

"I’m not a conventional-wisdom guy," Maddon said. "But conventionally (with) a young guy like that, you put him in the starting rotation and see where it takes him. And then you eventually determine that he’s either going to be a starter or a bullpen guy. I’m not around him enough yet to give you that kind of an opinion. But I do believe he’s a major-league pitcher. I believe that strongly."

Edwards went 1-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 46:21 K:BB ratio in 48 innings over 10 Double-A starts last season.


Cubs option C.J. Edwards down to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) The Cubs have optioned pitcher C.J. Edwards down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Edwards pitched three scoreless innings this spring. He posted a 2.35 ERA last season in the minors. The roster now stands at 52.

Cubs add C.J. Edwards to 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Cubs have added C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster on Thursday.

Edwards is considered one of the team's best pitching prospects. The 23-year-old posted a 2.35 ERA over two levels in 2014. 


C.J. Edwards makes second start on rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Cubs starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards, who has been sidelined since April due to a shoulder injury, made his second appearance Monday on a rehab assignment with the team's rookie-league affiliate.

Edwards allowed one run on one hit and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Edwards has a 1.59 ERA and eight strikeouts in two starts (5 2/3 innings) with the AZL Cubs.


C.J. Edwards close to resuming game action


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards is set to make his return to live action Wednesday, when he's scheduled to pitch for the team's Arizona League affiliate, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"I'm very, very close right now," Edwards said. "During my last live batting practice session, they put the radar gun on me, and I'm back to 94 mph with a good curveball and good changeup. Things are moving smoothly. I'm taking my time. (Wednesday) might not be my best start, but as long as I'm back on the mound, I'm happy."

Edwards threw long toss from a distance of about 150 feet while also pitching a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He has been sidelined since April while recovering from a shoulder strain and fatigue. Edwards is expected to resume competing with Double-A Tennessee after two starts in the Arizona League. He's also likely to participate in the Arizona Fall League if he can stay healthy.


C.J. Edwards hits minor-league DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Though an MRI on his right shoulder came back clean, the Cubs have still placed pitching prospect C.J. Edwards on the minor-league disabled list with inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 25, and will allow Edwards to rest until he is able to resume a throwing program, according to MLB.com.

C.J. Edwards' MRI comes back clean


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards ' MRI came back clean, according to the Daily Herald

The MRI did reveal inflammation in his shoulder, but it was otherwise structurally sound. He'll rest for a couple of weeks before starting a throwing program. 


C.J. Edwards getting his shoulder checked out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards is getting his shoulder checked out Thursday in Chicago, according to CSN.

Edwards is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the issue. Edwards came over to the club in the Matt Garza deal, and was considered the team's top pitching prospect in 2014.


C.J. Edwards surrenders three runs vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Cubs pitcher C.J. Edwards gave up three earned runs on four hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings while striking out one in Tuesday's start against the Padres.

It was the first Cactus League start for the highly-regarded rookie. He went 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 155:41 K:BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings between Class A and high Class A last season.


Cubs have high hopes for C.J. Edwards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Cubs president Theo Epstein told MLB Network Radio Sunday the team feels starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards in a year or two will be the headlining player from the Matt Garza trade. The Cubs acquired Edwards along with Mike Olt and Justin Grimm as part of the Garza trade with the Rangers in late July.

Edwards has posted a 1.84 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in four starts since joining the rotation at Class A Daytona. He is 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 22 starts (Class A) this season. He's struck out 142 batters in 108 innings.


Business as usual for C.J. Edwards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards might be with a new team since the Cubs acquired him from Texas as part of the Matt Garza trade, but the results haven't changed for the right-hander. Edwards made his Class A Daytona debut Sunday, striking out eight in five scoreless innings.

Edwards, who walked one and allowed one hit Sunday, was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 18 starts for Class A Hickory prior to being dealt. He struck out 122 batters and walked 34 in 93 1/3 innings.

"I'm doing the same things that got me to this point in my career," Edwards said, per MLB.com. "Going out each and every day, ready to fight."


Matt Garza trade is official


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The Cubs and Rangers trade featuring Matt Garza going to Texas and Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm going to the Cubs is official, MLB.com reports. The deal also features the Rangers sending two players-to-be-named-later. 

The initial plan for the Rangers is for Garza to start Wednesday against New York. Olt and Grimm were immediately sent to Triple-A Iowa, and Edwards heads to Class A Daytona. 


Rangers sending four players to Cubs in Matt Garza deal


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The trade sending Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers has been finalized, Yahoo! Sports reports Monday. The Cubs sent Garza to the Rangers for infielder Mike Olt, minor league pitcher C.J. Edwards, starting pitcher Justin Grimm and a player-to-be-named-later. 

Grimm has the most major-league experience with 22 appearances and 19 starts with the Rangers over the last two seasons. He was 7-7 this year with a 6.37 ERA over 17 starts with 68 strikeouts over 89 innings. Grimm should jump into the Cubs' rotation in Garza's spot. 

Olt has played in 16 big-league games, all came last season. He hit .152 in 33 at-bats with five RBI. The 24-year-old was batting .213 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock. 

Edwards, 21, was playing with Class A Hickory but has shown loads of potential. He's 13-5 over two pro seasons with a 1.68 ERA. He has 122 strikeouts with Hickory this season over 18 starts and 93 1/3 innings.