Carl Edwards Jr.
|Ht./Wt.:||6-3, 170 lbs.|
Carl spent more than three months on the major league roster in 2016, his second year pitching in the big leagues ... made his major league debut in September of 2015 ... acquired from Texas, July 22, 2013, with infielder Mike Olt and pitchers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez for pitcher Matt Garza ... originally selected by Texas in the 48th round of the 2011 draft ... Has posted a 3.76 ERA (17 ER/40.2 IP) with two saves in 41-career games with the Cubs dating to 2015 ... As of the end of the 2016 season, he was one of only five active MLB players drafted and signed in the 48th round or later (also, Jake Smith, Vidal Nuño, Jarrod Dyson and Bobby Wilson) ... he is the first to play for the Cubs after being drafted and signed in the 48th round or later since Justin Speier in 1998 (55th round, 1995) ... Has gone 20-11 with a 2.21 ERA (78 ER/317.2 IP), seven saves and a complete game in 110 career minor league outings, including 49 starts ... transitioned from a starter to a reliever in 2015 ... Has struck out 404 batters in 317.2 minor league innings, good for an average of 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and has walked just 149 ... allowed just four homers in his minor league career ... Named the Cubs fifth-best prospect heading into the 2015 season by Baseball America ... the publication ranked him as the franchise's third-best prospect prior to the 2014 campaign ... Participated in the Cubs Rookie Development program in January of 2014 and the Cubs Caravan in 2015 ... Named a 2013 mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star with Single-A Hickory ... Baseball America named him to the Minor League All-Star team following the season ... Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, S.C. ... Is the fifth true Cubs pitcher to wear a single-digit uniform number (also, Tony Jacobs in 1948; Walt Lanfranconi, Wimpy Quinn and Johnny Schmitz in 1941) ... his uniform number is the lowest to be worn by a true Cubs pitcher since Jacobs sported number two.
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