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Portrait of C.J. Edwards

C.J. Edwards PCubs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 22)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
88.0 3.93 1.32 89 4 7 0 0.8
Birth Date9-3-1991
Height6' 2"
Weight155 lbs
Age23 years, 1 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 SPO A- 10 10 47.0 2.83 140 .182 .252 .330 .366 .258 .250 104 14.4 1.5 14.4 1.5
2012 RNG Rk 4 3 20.0 3.22 139 .126 .267 .345 .391 .278 .150 98 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2013 HIC A 18 18 93.3 2.57 144 .193 .253 .329 .372 .270 .268 102 28.0 2.9 28.0 2.9
2013 DAY A+ 6 6 23.0 2.37 149 .182 .250 .316 .357 .247 .260 100 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2014 TEN AA 10 10 48.0 3.57 117 .204 .242 .315 .365 .258 .234 98 8.3 0.9 7.4 0.9
2014 CUB Rk 2 2 5.7 3.49 128 .188 .281 .353 .376 .274 .222 97 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 RNG Rk 3 0 0 4 3 20.0 6 6 25 0 57% .150 2.7 2.7 0.0 11.2 0.60 0.00 7.3 0.7
2012 SPO A- 2 3 0 10 10 47.0 26 19 60 0 50% .250 5.0 3.6 0.0 11.5 0.96 2.11 14.4 1.5
2013 HIC A 8 2 0 18 18 93.3 62 34 122 0 54% .268 6.0 3.3 0.0 11.8 1.03 1.83 28.0 2.9
2013 DAY A+ 0 0 0 6 6 23.0 14 7 33 1 43% .260 5.5 2.7 0.4 12.9 0.91 1.96 7.4 0.7
2014 TEN AA 1 2 0 10 10 48.0 30 21 46 1 47% .234 5.6 3.9 0.2 8.6 1.06 2.44 7.4 0.9
2014 CUB Rk 0 0 0 2 2 5.7 2 4 8 0 78% .222 3.2 6.4 0.0 12.7 1.06 1.59 1.5 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-21 2014-08-02 Minors 103 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 6.6 5.5 0.1 23 21 112.6 75 40 113 9 .256 1.03 2.64 2.87 28.6 2.9
80o 5.9 5.5 0.1 21 19 103.8 76 41 104 9 .274 1.12 3.07 3.34 20.4 2.1
70o 5.4 5.4 0.1 20 18 97.7 76 41 98 9 .287 1.19 3.39 3.68 15.2 1.6
60o 4.9 5.4 0.1 19 17 92.6 76 41 93 9 .298 1.26 3.66 3.98 11.2 1.1
50o 4.6 5.3 0.1 18 16 87.9 75 40 88 9 .309 1.32 3.93 4.27 7.7 0.8
40o 4.2 5.2 0.1 17 15 83.3 75 40 84 9 .319 1.38 4.20 4.56 4.6 0.5
30o 3.8 5.2 0.1 16 14 78.5 74 40 79 8 .330 1.45 4.49 4.88 1.6 0.2
20o 3.4 5 0.1 15 13 73.0 73 39 73 8 .344 1.54 4.84 5.26 -1.4 -0.1
10o 2.9 4.9 0.1 14 12 65.7 71 38 66 8 .362 1.66 5.34 5.8 -4.8 -0.5
Weighted Mean4.65.20.1181687.17440888.3061.303.884.228.10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015239803228200155842191747.2991.203.293.577.03.89.90.83.2
2016248803026182148781971747.3061.243.503.807.33.99.70.82.4
2017259703127190146632031747.2911.102.933.186.93.09.60.84.1
2018268702824164129611801547.3001.163.163.437.13.49.90.83.0
2019278702925169139611801647.3071.183.323.617.43.29.60.92.7
2020288702925173136611911547.3011.143.063.337.13.210.00.83.4
2021298702825168133581831547.3021.143.103.377.13.19.80.83.2
2022308702824166132541821547.3011.123.023.287.12.99.80.83.4
2023318602723156125511681447.3031.133.103.377.22.99.70.83.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3.72.15.815.314.23.350.7

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6 86 Nick Tropeano 2013 0.00 DNP
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15 84 Dan Cortes 2009 0.00 DNP
16 84 Jordan Walden 2010 2.35
17 83 Enny Romero 2013 0.00
18 83 Brandon Maurer 2013 6.60
19 83 Franklin Morales 2008 6.39
20 83 Jeurys Familia 2012 5.84
21 83 Johnny Cueto 2008 5.22
22 83 Brett Cecil 2009 5.69
23 83 Tyler Matzek 2013 0.00 DNP
24 83 Rafael Montero 2013 0.00 DNP
25 82 Neftali Feliz 2010 2.73
26 82 Jose Ceda 2009 0.00 DNP
27 82 Greg Miller 2007 0.00 DNP
28 82 Antonio Bastardo 2008 0.00 DNP
29 82 Carlos Carrasco 2009 9.27
30 82 Brandon Erbe 2010 0.00 DNP
31 82 Daniel Corcino 2013 0.00 DNP
32 82 Manny Banuelos 2013 0.00 DNP
33 82 Aaron Poreda 2009 2.70
34 81 Boone Whiting 2012 0.00 DNP
35 81 Michael Stutes 2009 0.00 DNP
36 81 Aaron Miller 2010 0.00 DNP
37 81 Josh Lindblom 2009 0.00 DNP
38 81 Christian Friedrich 2010 0.00 DNP
39 81 Anthony Ranaudo 2012 0.00 DNP
40 81 Mat Latos 2010 3.07
41 81 Ryan Chaffee 2010 0.00 DNP
42 81 Giovanni Soto 2013 0.00 DNP
43 81 Anthony Swarzak 2008 0.00 DNP
44 80 Brett Oberholtzer 2012 0.00 DNP
45 80 Tommy Hanson 2009 2.96
46 80 Allen Webster 2012 0.00 DNP
47 80 Ben Hornbeck 2010 0.00 DNP
48 80 Casey Crosby 2011 0.00 DNP
49 80 Sean Gilmartin 2012 0.00 DNP
50 80 Luis Marte 2009 0.00 DNP
51 80 Trevor May 2012 0.00 DNP
52 80 Jeremy Jeffress 2010 3.60
53 80 Fabio Martinez Mesa 2012 0.00 DNP
54 80 Zach McAllister 2010 0.00 DNP
55 80 Simon Castro 2010 0.00 DNP
56 80 Javier Avendano 2013 0.00 DNP
57 79 Trey McNutt 2012 0.00 DNP
58 79 Zach Cates 2012 0.00 DNP
59 79 Jay Jackson 2010 0.00 DNP
60 79 Kelvin Herrera 2012 2.56
61 79 Rubby De La Rosa 2011 3.86
62 79 Liam Hendriks 2011 6.17
63 79 Kasey Kiker 2010 0.00 DNP
64 79 Jarred Cosart 2012 0.00 DNP
65 79 Kyle Lotzkar 2012 0.00 DNP
66 79 Chris Tillman 2010 6.20
67 79 Deryk Hooker 2011 0.00 DNP
68 79 Henry Rodriguez 2009 4.50
69 79 C.J. Riefenhauser 2012 0.00 DNP
70 79 Matt Magill 2012 0.00 DNP
71 79 Cody Hebner 2013 0.00 DNP
72 79 Austin Wright 2012 0.00 DNP
73 79 Joe Wieland 2012 5.20
74 78 Chorye Spoone 2008 0.00 DNP
75 78 Zach Phillips 2009 0.00 DNP
76 78 Nick Barnese 2011 0.00 DNP
77 78 Chuck Lofgren 2008 0.00 DNP
78 78 Will Inman 2009 0.00 DNP
79 78 Gio Gonzalez 2008 9.00
80 78 Jose Cisnero 2011 0.00 DNP
81 78 Trevor Rosenthal 2012 2.78
82 78 Adam Ottavino 2008 0.00 DNP
83 78 Jon Niese 2009 4.21
84 77 Andres Santiago 2012 0.00 DNP
85 77 Cole Nelson 2012 0.00 DNP
86 77 Oswaldo Sosa 2008 0.00 DNP
87 77 Henry Sosa 2008 0.00 DNP
88 77 David Bromberg 2010 0.00 DNP
89 77 Zach Braddock 2010 3.21
90 77 Trevor Reckling 2011 0.00 DNP
91 77 Jake Odorizzi 2012 4.91
92 77 Patrick Corbin 2012 4.71
93 77 Michael Bowden 2009 9.56
94 77 Nick Additon 2010 0.00 DNP
95 77 Mike Montgomery 2012 0.00 DNP
96 77 Jon Kibler 2009 0.00 DNP
97 77 Sean Nolin 2012 0.00 DNP
98 77 Angel Sanchez 2012 0.00 DNP
99 77 Matt Moore 2011 2.89
100 77 Drew Hutchison 2013 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 A 48th-round pick in 2011, C.J. Edwards was nearly unhittable at the short-season levels last summer, running his lively fastball up to 96 mph while spinning a quality curveball.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Please rank these pitchers in terms of best fantasy career prospects: Taijuan Walker, C.J. Edwards, Lucas Giolito, Hunter Harvey, James Paxton, Kohl Stewart, Carlos Rodon. Thanks.
(graham from Richmond, VA)
Hmm. Let’s go Walker, Rodon, Giolito, Harvey, Stewart, Paxton, Edwards (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously you've seen Kane County a bunch this year. Is Underwood's stock close to Tseng's? Or is it much closer to Blackburn and Torrez at this stage?
(David from Malibu)
Let's talk pitching a bit.

Underwood has a higher ceiling than Tseng, the curveball has better snap and has potential to be special, but Tseng has a more polished profile and a higher ceiling. Underwood belongs in the C.J. Edwards, Jen-Ho Tseng, Pierce Johnson level, Blackburn and Torrez are in the tier below for me. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you agree with Theo Epstein's opinion that people are vastly underrating the Cubs pitching prospects? Is he just trying to talk up his guys or is the industry wrong about the Cubs minor league pitching?
(Matt from TX)
Probably both. Their pitching prospects get overlooked because of how good their hitting prospects are, but it's not a barren cupboard by any stretch and it got better when they traded for C.J. Edwards. What they're lacking is a potential number one or two starter.

Never underestimate the ability of a GM to spin things the way he wants them, though. That's what makes them good at what they do. Well, some of them anyway. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is C.J. Edwards still the Cubs best pitching prospect or is Jen-Ho Tseng higher now?
(Steve from Peoria, IL)
Edwards is the better prospect (Jason Parks)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good do you think C.J. Edwards can be? Can his frame bear up to a 200 inning workload? If so, is he a #3?
(Dave from Warrenville)
he'll fill out some, so we'll better be able to judge his frame as he ages. He sure has the upside of mid-rotation or better. I really want to see him repeat some kind of solid performance outside of the Florida State League. The Southern League will tell us a lot more about his future. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have C.J. Edwards much lower than other evaluators. Would success at AA this year change your opinion of him or is improving the frame the only thing he can do to make you rethink?
(Kevin O'B from Chicago)
Fastball command and durability are the concerns. I'm not scouting his stats, so I care about the why/how than the what. If he can log a full-season's worth of innings without losing his stuff, I';; definitely change my current stance. I'm never married to any prognostication. You have to be willing to change your mind if the scouting changes it for you. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank these pitchers in term of future fantasy value: C.J. Edwards, Miguel Almonte, Vincent Velasquez, Sean Manaea, and Alexander Reyes Thanks!
(Adam from Toronto )
Manaea, Almonte, Edwards, Reyes, Velasquez. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)What do you project for C.J. Edwards? Can he overcome "frame" and become top-of-rotation starter?
(Wrigleyvillenat from Chicago)
I don't see a top-of-the-rotation starter, and that would be true even if he weighed more than 160 pounds. I like the arm; I really do. I know the kid. I've been around him since he signed, and I've seen him pitch countless times. I get it. I do. Its very loose and easy, and the fastball has serious pop to it. I like the CB, but its a better minor league pitch than it projects to be at the major league level, and I think his CH will be his best weapon to play off the fastball. He pitches with length and can maintain the stuff pretty well, but I don't see the type of physicality necessary for a heavy major league workload. That's the rub. He could be a very good late-innings reliever with a deep arsenal, and perhaps even a mid-rotation arm that just makes it work despite the physical concerns. But the top of the rotation talk is a dream that is based more on the stats than the scouting. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)C.j Edwards or Pierce Johnson?
(Mike from Ingleside )
C.J. Edwards and it's not that close for me. In the end I think he's a #3 starter and Johnson is more of a 4/5 (Craig Goldstein)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain the difference between what you see in C.J. Edwards and what others, like KLaw, see in him? Why is there such a big gap and does this happen very often?
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
I've actually seen him pitch quite a bit, so that's probably a difference right there. I like Edwards. The delivery is easy and athletic; the arm is loose; the fastball has some punch; he can spin a good CB; shows flashes of a good CH. My biggest issue with Edwards from a scouting standpoint is his body and how that might influence his durability and effectiveness in a rotation. As someone who has been around Edwards since he signed, I'm aware that his efforts to add weight to his frame have been unsuccessful. His natural build is very slender, with a narrow waist and a skinny frame. He's not the type of arm that is going to add much in terms of mass, and despite having the loose arm, I do have concerns about his long-term role. I think Edwards has the stuff to pitch at the big league level, and in bursts, he could have impact potential. But I don't see a frontline starter. I know his stats suggests a different outcome, but that's why we watch these guys in person instead of making projections based on a pitcher's A-ball numbers. Scouts are mixed on ultimate projection, but I've yet to speak to one scout with familiarity who believes Edwards is a top of the rotation type. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)C.J. Edwards or Luke Jackson?
(6 of 1 from Half dozen of the other)
I'd take Jackson. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say in 5 years a current Cubs pitching prospect is an ace. Which prospect would least surprise you?
(Dale from Florida)
I hate to disappoint you, but I don't think there's an answer to that because I don't think there's really an arm in the system with more than no. 3 starter potential. There are some good arms here and there, and they've improved by picking up C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, but I don't see anyone with much of a chance to be a no. 1 or 2 starter. Those are rare and they don't tend to come out of nowhere, and that's what would have to happen for the Cubs to get one from a guy in their system at present. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know the standard answer on Mike Olt is that he got hit in the head and simply had a bad season. What do you think is really going on? Still profile as an everyday 3B?
(Matt from Chicago)
Well, I discovered this when I went on the radio in Chicago at the trade deadline – the narrative I heard being given was that Olt got hit on the head and that led to his slow start this season. But that's not true. The vision issues he had were legitimate (read here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21288) and the cure was legitimate. After that, I think it became a mental thing. Olt got stuck in a hole early in the season and didn't really ever get right again mentally. With the Cubs not calling him up in September and not sending him to the Fall League, I think that's the right decision. I'd let him go home, clear his mind, and come back with a clean slate in 2014. That's probably the biggest thing for him. I'm still not all that worried. Perhaps he won't be the role 6 player he looked like in 2012, but I do think he's at least a role 5 (average everyday) third baseman with a good glove and power. Even if Olt doesn't turn out, you have to like the haul of Grimm, C.J. Edwards, and Neil Ramirez. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason. Shouldn't the Cubs have done better than C.J. Edwards and Leury Garcia for Garza? Since the Cubs braintrust knows what they're doing can you describe the ceilings of Edwards and Garcia. Thanks
(mmcd from ottawa)
I...think you're confused. The Cubs got Edwards, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and at least one (potentially two) PTBNL for Garza. That's one hell of a haul for less than half a season of Garza. Leury Garcia is a White Sox. (Jason Cole)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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C.J. Edwards has thrown 138 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2014, including pitches thrown in Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph) and Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph).