Last June, the KC Royals selected right-hander Andrew Edwards in the 19th round out of Western Kentucky. He was a starter with the Hilltoppers, going 6-4 with a 4.69 ERA.
However after being drafted, the 6’5, 260 pound pitcher moved to the bullpen. Edwards already threw hard, but dominated with rookie level Burlington (1.56 ERA in 14 games with eight saves). He also struck out 14 in 17.1 innings.
Those numbers earned him a late season promotion to High-A Wilmington. In four games (six innings), he allowed just two hits and two walks (both in the same game). In the other three games, he was perfect.
Edwards has shown the ability to rack up the strikeouts. He also can induce a high amount of ground balls thanks to a mid-low 3/4 arm slot (which adds movement to his pitches). His GO/AO rate in 2013 was 2.13 and opponents hit just .169 against him.
I never got a chance to see him pitch with the Blue Rocks (I missed him by a day each time), but I expect to see him at some point in 2014. Edwards could start the season in Wilmington or with Low-A Lexington (where family and friends could regularly cheer him on). If he pitches like he did to start his career, Edwards could see innings in Double-A at some point in 2014.
*Click HERE to check out an interview he did with the other site I write for, Kings of Kauffman, over the offseason.