2006 Ranking: NR
School: Keller High School (Keller, TX)
Cardinal: Selected in the 14th round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $110,000 signing bonus. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
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.