The 2013 minor league pitcher of the year, Chicago Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards will pitch in his first Cactus League game Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres.
Edwards, 22, was drafted in the 48th-round by the Texas Rangers in 2011, went 8-2 with a 1.86 combined ERA with the Rangers at Single-A Hickory and then Advanced-A Daytona in 2013. In six starts with Daytona he posted a 1.96 ERA, struck out 33, and gave up just 14 hits in 23 innings. The Cubs acquired Edwards in a midseason trade that sent starter Matt Garza to the Rangers for Edwards, third base prospect Mike Olt and pitcher Justin Grimm.
The right-hander wields an above-average fastball and has the ability to put some spin on a breaking ball and movement on his changeup. His long and lean, 6-foot-2 frame and delivery makes it difficult for batters.
Edwards helped Daytona to a Florida State League championship and will start the season at Double-A Tennessee as he works his way up the minor leagues. Another Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch, who was sent down Saturday, will also pitch on Tuesday.