C.J. Edwards Named MiLB.com Starting Pitcher of the Year

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!

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  • 07GreyDigger

    If he keeps it up, looks like the Cubs may have the ace prospect pitcher they were looking for!

    • DWalker

      i think that was the hope, and since he was a realativly unranked prospect, they were able to make a good package with him. I think its probably fair to say that the cubs now have a few arms in the sytem worthy of honest notice, and I find it hard to say that the cubs don’t have a legit pitching prospect list now, The biggest weakness of course is that most of that list is pretty far from the minors. Edwards, Johnson, Hendricks, Blackburn, Vizcaino, Cabrera, Zastryzny, Underwood, Maples; some of them have issues, not all will see the majors and most won’t be starters, but when you look at two years ago and now, and look even deeper down the list, it actually feels like we do have pitching prospects that may balance the very strong batting prospect list.

      • Brp921

        I think that has been the true value of Theo Epstein, fixing the farm system, at least to this point. Some of his other moves have really disappointed me. I don’t know if he’ll be here past his current contract, as some people debate on this site, but his moves ,aside from the draft, improving our farm system have really been impressive, in my opinion.

        • Brp921

          I don’t mean to imply we haven’t had good drafts with this front office. My point is I think their trades have been very good.

          • Dorasaga

            Yup. If CJ and Olt turn out big for the Big club, then it’ll be a huge win down the road. As soon as 2015. It’ll be the boiling point, if the Cubs still care about winning by then.

        • cubtex

          I agree about the farm system…..much improved. Major league team has been much worse under Theo. Added Rizzo subtracted Cashner. Edwin Jackson a head scratcher. Travis Wood thus far has been his only solid addition in 2 years.

          • Denver Mike

            The Cubs win % was .463 and .437 in the two years prior to Theo getting hired (.377 and .406 since). I would say the MLB team was terrible before, and still terrible now … but saying they are much worse since his hiring is a bit of a stretch.

          • cubtex

            Not disagreeing they were bad before but they has the worst 2 years in Cubs history.

          • Denver Mike

            I know the FO loves statistics, so looking at the current trend they should be .429 next year!

          • GaryLeeT

            i was calling for the Jackson signing 2 years ago. I am shocked, and disappointed about last year’s performance, Especially since I saw how well he did with the Cards. now wait, don’t try and tell me that playing for a winning organization, & having something on the line, has anything to do with a player’s attitude, and performance…

          • 07GreyDigger

            The interesting thing about EJax is that deal seems like a steal now based on what Lincecum got. Ugh. What an awful deal that was.

          • cubtex

            Did you say EJax deal seems like a steal???? Wow.


            175.1 IP 197 Hits(not a misprint) 135 K’s and a 1.460 WHIP


            197.2 IP 184 Hits(notice the difference) 193 K’s(notice the difference) and a 1.3 WHIP

            I would rather have Lincecum’s deal for 2 years than having EJax tied up for the next 3.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Notice the difference? 11 less hits?

            How about this?

            Past two years:

            20-29 383.2 IP 367 Hits 166 BB 383 K 4.76 ERA 1.389 WHIP
            18-29 365 IP 370 Hits 117 BB 303 K 4.49 ERA 1.334 WHIP

            While I will concede that Lincecum has better stuff and more potential to return to where he was, EJAX (to me) and Lincecum look very similar the past two years (minus the K’s of course). I’d rather pay EJax 13 million vs. Lincecum 17.5 million. Especially when I think Lincecum has arm injury written all over him. Also, Lincecum has pitched to a 4.76 ERA over the past two seasons playing half his games in a pitchers park! Can you imagine if he pitched at Wrigley or Cincinatti? Yikes!

          • cubtex

            It is the hits per innings pitched….not the number. EJax has never been near the pitcher Lincecum was and can still be. I wouldn’t want either one right now for the Cubs since the team is so bad it is a waste of money for both.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Hey, you partly admitted my point. I’ll take it. :)

        • DWalker

          Agreed on the farm system trades and so far drafting looks good as well. As far as the majors go, I don’t think he hid what was going to happen, and like Mike said, it wasn’t like there was a winning team in place he scrapped or could build on. If you look through the lens that almost every move has been to find low cost short term, often mid to high risk buys and turn them into long term assets. he’s been gambling and he’s counting cards doing it. There was one move that no matter how I twist it, I can’t figure out which was E. Jackson, but pretty much everything else I can see method behind the madness if you look at it from that perspective. No, I think short of a massive screw up, he will get another 5 years to see if the master plan works out and if waves and waves of talent get him a cubs ring.

          • Brp921

            I was all for the Jackson signing. I wanted to sign him even before last year. I’m holding out hope he’ll turn things around, otherwise it’ll turn into my biggest bad call since 1998 when I wanted the Colts to pick Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning lol. For the record though Andrew Luck was my choice over RGIII.

  • John_CC

    Good for CJ. He is definitely an exciting prospect.

    I have to rant once again about the MLB’s archaic and inexplicable policy on watching the World Series. It’s the World Freaking Series but if you don’t have a television set that tunes into FOX network then your just S.O.L. O…but you can LISTEN to all the action on the radio, but not actually on the radio waves that we ALL OWN, nope. You can’t just go online and listen to the feed of the game on one of the stations that covers it, you have pay the MLB to listen to the freaking radio! The radio is PUBLIC air!

    You can’t pay the MLB to actually watch the Fall Classic, even if you already paid $100 for their MLB.TV or if you willing to pay to just get the games now.

    Nope. It’s the 21 Century and FOX nor MLB will “broadcast” the World Series over the World Wide Web. It is asinine!

    BUT — get this! If you are NOT in America … then you can get Postseason.TV and watch the final conclusion to America’s pastime. I am pissed.

    • Eugene Debs

      You don’t get FOX?

      • cubtex

        It’s free TV??? You don’t even need to have cable, satellite, AT&T uverse or any other provider to get Fox. Am I wrong?

        • John_CC

          But you do need a TV. I don’t have a TV in my house, haven’t for many years. Just about everything I need is online or through netflix, including MLB baseball for every single game EXCEPT THE WORLD SERIES. How does that male sense? I hate Fox network!

          • Denver Mike

            It’s all leagues, I pay for the NHL package too yet still can’t watch almost 20% of Blackhawks games this year because they are “nationally televised” on NBC Sports. It’s a racket.

            What kills me is that I still get charged $25 for the month of October by MLBtv. For what? All you can get is the alternate angles for early round series, no homeplate. Great, so now I can watch the 3rd baseman scratch himself in between pitches for 3 hours.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            No TV in the House?
            What about a bathroom?
            FOX news ladies are HOT!

    • Brp921

      I’m with ya!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I don’t believe Chris Archer had this honor when he was with the Cubs farm system.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Whew! What a relief!!

    I just saw where the Reds hired their pitching coach to take Dusty’s place: Mr. Bryan Price.

    They were considering Jim Riggleman, of ChiCubs fame.

    SO…Mr. Riggleman is still available for us!!!


    • CubbyDenCritic

      There is a report that Cubs FO was not blown away by anyone they interviewed so far.

  • cubtex

    Terrible call! Cards got a huge break!

    • Denver Mike

      Good to see the crew get together and get it right … I still can’t wait for replay regardless.

    • cubtex

      At least they got it right and overturned it.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Nice to see Dempster get into the World Series.
    But he sure lost allot of zip on his pitches.
    Villanueva & Hendricks will pay off on the Dempster trade.