Cardinals Prospect #15 - Jon Edwards

Edwards hit .425 with runners in scoring position for Johnson City in 2006.

Scout.com Player Profile

2006 Ranking: NR

Position: OF

DOB: 1/8/1988

Height: 6-5

Weight: 230

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Keller High School (Keller, TX)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 14th round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $110,000 signing bonus.
 

2006

AVG.

AB

H

2B 3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP.

SLG

OPS

J.C. .266 154 41 16 1 4 27 23 0 20 33 .360 .461 .821

Staff Comments

Jason Scott (27): I'm not the type to argue rankings, but I just don't understand where all the hype on Edwards is coming from. Nothing really stands out from his professional debut at Johnson City. Baseball America is high on him and he got a pretty good signing bonus for a 14th round draft pick, but I don't see what makes him any better than Daryl Jones. Apparently BA doesn't either, as they ranked him below Jones in the Appalachian League Top 20 Prospects. Talent, not performance, is the reason both of these players even made the top 40 list, and I thought Jones was regarded as the most athletic and talented player in the system. Shouldn't that put him higher on the list?

Leonda Markee (13): Edwards' performance in his professional debut season displayed some promise with above-average power, advanced pitch recognition and a plus arm.  At 18, he was also one of the youngest players in the system this year.  Edwards appeared in 48 of Johnson City's 68 games, being initially hindered by a sore wrist and then a pulled hamstring.  That limited him to 154 at bats.

Edwards is reported to have below-average range in right but ‘moves well for his size'.  He comes across as a big raw talent with potential.  However, he has quite a way to go before being fitted for that Major League uniform.  Still, a very nice start and one that I think merits a ranking in the mid-teens range.

Ray Mileur (10): Edwards is listed at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, and was drafted in the 14th round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft out of high school from Keller, Texas. He looks like a sleeper and a terrific value for that round after showing above-average raw power, both pulling the ball and to straightaway center.

On the surface Edwards' rookie season numbers don't jump right out at you. He hit .266, 4 HR, 27 RBI, but he did manage to hit 21 extra-base hits despite having a sore wrist for most of the season and missing the final 10 games with a pulled hamstring.

The thing that sticks out the most to me in his first season was that he hit an amazing .425 with runners in scoring position and had a .360 OBP. All this and he just turns 19 on January 8, 2007. Keep your eyes on this kid.

Brian Walton (13): Ranking 15th here isn't bad for an 18-year-old 14th-rounder who didn't play a full slate of games in high school. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound outfielder is a great physical specimen and has impressed everyone who has seen him with his strong arm and solid line-drive bat. Yet, at this point his talent is still undeveloped.

Despite having a sore wrist late in the season, Edwards was third on his Johnson City club in batting average (.266), fourth in OBP (.360) and was sixth in slugging and OPS. Edwards may return there in 2007, but it shouldn't be long until he improves his game enough to move up to the Quad Cities.

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated

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