Thursday, June 13, 2013

Checking Back In On CJ Edwards (SP, Tex)

My favorite pitching prospect of 2013 Bowman Chrome (my analysis here), CJ Edwards "hit the Disabled List" for a brief stint.  Luckily, I found out this had nothing to do with injury, but rather the Rangers have an innings limit on Edwards, and would like him to be able to pitch in minor league postseason games at the end of the season.  I love this philosophy and what it implies for the club's belief in Edwards' future.

Since May 16, Edwards has had 4 outings:

Date        OPP      W/L     IP    H    R   ER    HR   BB  SO  GO/AO    AVG
May 19   @DEL    W     7.0    1     1    1        0       2    7      1.14         .045
May 24    KAN       L      4.0    7     5    3       0       2    5      2.00         .389
May 29    @AUG   ND    3.2    1     0    0      0       4    7      2.00         .071
Jun 09      @GVL    W     5.0    1     3    0      0        3    8     9.00         .056


Here's what I take from these stat lines:

19.2 IP - 27 K -- true swing and miss stuff

GO/AO -- Getting lots of ground ball outs.  Love to see this.

Has given up only 1 hit in 3 of the 4 outings.

On one of Edwards' K on 6/9, the catcher was charged with a passed ball, allowing the batter to reach first.  This tells me something:  Edwards' stuff is so nasty that his catcher couldn't handle a pitch that was in the strike zone.  Sounds good to me.

11 BB is something to keep an eye on.  The K:BB ratio is fine, but not the BB/9 IP.  The high K's and BB's inevitably lead to high pitch counts which is why most of his outings are short.  I'd love to see him keep up with the dominant K rate, but seeing as how he is able to induce plenty of ground outs, I hope he learns to pitch to contact, and not try to strike everyone out.  This will enable him to cut down on the walks, go further into games, and be prepared for more advanced hitters.

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