Cardinals Prospect Interview: Justin Edwards

Continuing our 2009 draft interview series, Brian Walton talks with left-hander Justin Edwards in an exclusive audio interview.

Left-hander Justin Edwards may have come from a small program, Kennesaw State, but the Georgia school had some high-powered arms on their staff. Teammates Chad Jenkins (20th overall to Toronto) and Kyle Heckathorn (47th overall to Milwaukee) both received heavy scouting focus as future first-round draft picks this spring.

Edwards joined the Cardinals in the 41st round of the June First-Year Player Draft amid less fanfare, but he can pitch, too. The 21-year-old fanned 64 in 71 innings for the Owls this spring, but walked 33.

In his first professional assignment, with the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs, the 21-year-old native of Georgia has gotten off to a nice start. Edwards has a 2-1 record with a 3.44 ERA in six appearances, including two tandem starts. He has fanned 19 and walked only five in 18 1/3 innings.

I spoke with Edwards recently about his transition to professional baseball.


Previous interviews in our Cardinals 2009 Draft Interview Series:

Matt Adams (23rd Round)
Christian Beatty (26th Round)
Matt Carpenter (13th Round)
Scott Bittle (4th Round)
Scott Schneider (20th Round)
Alan Ahmady (11th Round)
Ross Smith (14th Round)
Nick McCully (7th Round)
Robert Stock (2nd Round)
Joe Kelly (3rd Round)

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