Voting for the 2013 MiLBY Awards has ended, the votes have been counted and C.J. Edwards is the first Cubs’ prospect to take home a post-season award. The MiLB staff named Edwards the minor league starting pitcher of the year. Edwards fell short in the fan vote but came out on top according to the MiLb.com staff.
C.J. Edwards had a tremendous season that went unnoticed until he became the centerpiece of the five-player deal that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers in July.
Kyle Hendricks finished second in the fan voting for the 2013 MiLBY for starting pitcher of the year.
The 22-year old right hander posted an 8-2 record for Hickory with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP before the trade. In 18 innings, 93 1/3 innings, C.J. Edwards struck out 122 batters, allowed 62 hits and issued only 34 walks. After joining the D-Cubs rotation, Edwards did not post his first win with Daytona until the post-season but finished with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 23 regular season innings. Edwards struck out 33, surrendered 14 hits and walked seven batters.
C.J. Edwards ended his 2013 regular season with a combined 8-2 mark in 24 starts with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. In 116 1/3 innings, Edwards allowed 76 hits, 41 walks, struck out 155 batters and allowed one home run.
C.J. Edwards will be ranked as the top pitcher in the Cubs’ system when the prospect lists are released this off-season. Edwards figures to begin the 2014 season in the Smokies rotation.
C.J. Edwards has quite the backstory. Click here for the most recent report from MiLB.com and here for the report posted on Baseball America. “Hit the mitt, C.J.! Hit the mitt!”