The Midlands’ Chicago Cubs connection is now a World Series champion.
Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. is from Prosperity in Newberry County and starred at Mid-Carolina High School. He recorded the first two outs in the 10th inning in Chicago’s 8-7 series-clinching victory that concluded after midnight Thursday.
The 25-year-old rookie reliever they call “the String Bean Slinger” is a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder. He was called up May 11 from Triple-A Iowa to serve as the 26th man on the roster for a doubleheader and returned to the big leagues June 20.
He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 48th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
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The Cubs traded for Edwards in 2013, and he made his MLB debut on Sept. 7, 2015.
Edwards had 36 appearances during the 2016 regular season, with a 3.75 ERA and 15 hits allowed. He struck out 52 of 138 batters. He allowed five hits and two runs in 6 1/3 postseason innings.
More S.C. connections on the Cubs: Pitcher Jason Hammel was born in Greenville and grew up in Port Orchard, Wash., while infielder Tommy La Stella went to Coastal Carolina.