Interview: Cardinals OF Prospect Jon Edwards

Coming into the season, outfielder Jon Edwards was our 25th-ranked prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals system. With a strong start to 2008 with Batavia, Edwards explains his emergence in this exclusive interview.

Outfielder Jon Edwards was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the 2006 draft from a Texas high school and received the significantly above slot amount of $110,000 to sign. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder not only was paid like a top prospect, he has both the looks and the tools to back it up. Only the consistency of results has lagged.

Now 20 years old and in his third professional season, Edwards still remains in short-season ball, still working to put his game completely together. He is back to start the season with the New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs, where he was promoted late in the 2007 season.

Tall and powerful, with a solid batting eye, good speed and a strong arm, Edwards has stepped up his game in 2008. Coming into Wednesday's action, through basically the first month of the season, his line is an impressive .300/.424/.586 (BA/OBP/SLG). That slugging mark is fourth-best in the league.

Continuing his past history, our 25th-ranked Cardinals prospect coming into the season leads the Muckdogs in both strikeouts (28) and walks (tied at 13). His total of four home runs is double that of any other Batavia player.

After taking batting practice in 90 degree heat on Wednesday, Edwards headed for the Muckdogs' dugout for some individual counseling from Manager Mark DeJohn, who had just thrown BP.

I caught up with Edwards for this audio interview right afterward.

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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net

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