Newberry native Carl Edwards Jr. was called up by the Chicago Cubs before Monday’s 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher who played at Mid-Carolina High School made his major league debut, tossing a scoreless inning. The 24-year-old Edwards allowed a walk but no hits in the eighth inning.
“I didn’t see a lot (in spring training), but I did like what I did happen to see,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told the Chicago Tribune, adding he inquired about Edwards’ development throughout this season. “The biggest thing is how quickly he adapts emotionally to the whole thing.”
The Cubs promoted Edwards from Triple-A Iowa, where he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.84 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 312/3 innings of work. He started the season with the Cubs’ Double-A team, going 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 232/3 innings before being promoted.
“He’s the kind of talent that can be impactful going into October,” Maddon said to ESPN.com.
Prior to the start of this season, Edwards was the 38th-ranked prospect by Baseball America and 47th by MLB.com. He was acquired by the Cubs in a 2013 trade which sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers in exchange for four players, including Edwards.
Since being picked by the Rangers in the 48th round of 2011 draft, Edwards has a 19-10 career record in four minor-league seasons with a 2.03 ERA and 369 strikeouts in 2921/3 innings.
Carl Edwards, Jr. Bio
- Born: Sept. 3, 1991 in Newberry, SC
- Height: 6-foot-3
- Weight: 170-pounds
- Position: Right-handed pitcher
- Draft: 2011, Texas Rangers, 48th rd. (1,464th overall)
- High School: Mid-Carolina, Prosperity, SC