Cubs News: A look at September call-ups who could help Chicago
By Jake Misener
Mar 2, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher C.J. Edwards poses for a portrait during photo day at the training center at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Currently sidelined by an injury on his pitching hand, this lanky right-hander represents one of the most-promising pitching prospects in the Chicago farm system.
Acquired in the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers a few years’ back, Edwards has been stellar for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season, pitching to a 2.87 ERA and 1.238 WHIP across 53 1/3 innings of work.
He’s averaged more than a dozen strikeouts per nine, but he’s also been wild – walking 41 batters in those 53 innings of work. As is the case with Pimentel, control issues and big league hitters could spell disaster – or in Edwards’ case, it could allow the Cubs to catch lightning in a bottle given his electric stuff.
With the injury, it’s still up-in-the-air as to whether or not Edwards sees Chicago when rosters expand. But with a bullpen already missing Jason Motte (and others) – he’s worth a look if he’s ready to roll.
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