Stanford shortstop Tommy Edman was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The junior was signed for his slot value, $236,400, and assigned to the highest level of any of the team’s draftees, the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League.
The Spikes had another top shortstop prospect on the roster, 19-year-old Jose Martinez. The Cardinals used that situation as an opportunity for Edman to expand his defensive diversity. Specifically, in his first 22 starts, 13 were at shortstop and nine at second base. Now with Martinez promoted to Peoria, Edman should have short all to himself.
Offensively, the 21-year-old has likely exceeded everyone’s expectations with a slash line of .300/.441/.470/.911. Edman has scored 25 runs in 26 games, is 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts and has driven in 15. Perhaps most impressive is the switch-hitter’s 24 walks against just 13 strikeouts in his first 100 professional at-bats. (His stolen base number six is captured in the above photo.)
In the following exclusive interview, Edman discusses his Cape Cod League experience, decision to sign, Stanford heritage with the Cardinals, adjusting to pro ball, his Pac-12 ex-rival roommate and much more.
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