Results tagged ‘ C.J. Edwards ’

11/20 Edwards added to 40-man

The Cubs added pitcher C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster Thursday, protecting the right-hander from being picked in the Rule 5 Draft. With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now 39.

Edwards, 23, is 14-7 with a 1.86 ERA in 50 Minor League games (49 starts) over the last three seasons. He has 294 strikeouts over 237 innings, and has given up two home runs in that stretch. The top-rated pitcher on’s top 20 Cubs prospects, Edwards was limited to 10 games at Double-A Tennessee this past season because of shoulder issues, but did pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Originally selected by the Rangers in the 48th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Edwards was acquired by the Cubs as part of the July 2013 trade that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers. Edwards then went 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in eight starts with Class A Daytona to help the team reach the Florida State League Championship.

Thursday was the deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters and add any Minor League players who may be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 11.

— Carrie Muskat

11/20 Cubs 40-man roster

Teams have until midnight Thursday to set their 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. Last December, Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo was one of nine players selected in the Rule 5 Draft, taken by the Diamondbacks. But Mateo was returned in mid March, and spent the season at Triple-A Iowa.

Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they aren’t on the 40-man roster four or five years after signing, depending on the age at which they signed. If another team does select a player, it must pay the former team $50,000 and keep that player on the Major League roster all season or offer him back to his original team for $25,000.

One name the Cubs are expected to add is C.J. Edwards, 23, the top-rated pitcher on’s top 20 Cubs prospects. The right-hander was limited to 10 games at Double-A Tennessee this past season because of shoulder issues, then pitched in the Arizona Fall League. Acquired from the Rangers in July 2013 in the Matt Garza trade, the highly touted Edwards is 14-7 with a 1.86 ERA in 50 games (49 starts), serving up two home runs among the 140 hits he’s given up over 237 innings. The slender right-hander has struck out 294 while walking 91.

Edwards may not be in the Cubs’ 2015 Opening Day rotation, but he’s not far from the big leagues, and would likely be considered too valuable to leave unprotected.

— Carrie Muskat

11/12 AFL update

Dan Vogelbach had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost, 5-1, to Surprise Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Jacob Hannemann went 0-for-4. On Wednesday, the Solar Sox play host to the Javelinas with C.J. Edwards making his final start. Mesa then closes the AFL season Thursday with a game at Cubs Park against the Desert Dogs.

11/6 AFL and Winter League updates

C.J. Edwards gave up one run on two hits over two innings, striking out four, in Mesa’s 11-2 win over Glendale in Arizona Fall League play on Wednesday. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and Bijan Rademacher drove in two runs for the Solar Sox. On Thursday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale to face Salt River for a 6:35 p.m. MT game. The game will be streamed live on

In the Dominican Republic, Manny Ramirez hit a solo home run to lift Aguilas to a 2-1 victory over Escogido.

11/5 AFL and Winter ball updates

Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run single and added a double to spark the Mesa Solar Sox to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over Salt River in Arizona Fall League play. On Wednesday, the Solar Sox play host to Glendale at 12:35 p.m. MT at Cubs Park. Right-hander C.J. Edwards is scheduled to start for Mesa.

Winter league update:

Junior Lake is batting .271 in 13 games with Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League. Lake has one home run and one double, and has struck out 11 times in 48 at-bats. Jonathan Mota was 4-for-11 in three games in Puerto Rico. Also, Manny Ramirez is playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Republic, and batting .243 in 10 games with one home run, two doubles and eight RBIs.

11/2 AFL update

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards struck out two in one inning and gave up one hit to help the East team beat the West, 6-2, in the Arizona Fall Stars Game Saturday night. Edwards was the second pitcher used in the game, played at Salt River Field in Scottsdale. Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey and Roman Quinn each drove in two runs to help the East. Sunday is an off day for the Arizona Fall League, and the Mesa Solar Sox resume play Monday, playing host to the Rafters at Cubs Park at 6:35 p.m. MT. Tuesday’s Solar Sox game against the Rafters will be streamed live on, and it also is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m. MT.

Updated Cubs prospects AFL stats:

Dan Vogelbach: 15 games, .217, 2 doubles, 4 RBI
* Addison Russell: 11 games, .196, 2 home runs, 1 double, 10 RBIs
Jacob Hannemann: 11 games, .293, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 RBIs
Bijan Rademacher: 7 games, .333, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs

Gerardo Concepcion: 6 games, 10 1/3 innings, 7 earned runs, 10 hits, 7 walks, 6 strikeouts
C.J. Edwards: 4 games (4 starts), 10 innings, 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts
Ivan Pineyro: 4 games (3 starts), 7 2/3 innings, 8 earned runs, 8 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Zach Cates: 6 games, 7 2/3 innings, 10 earned runs, 14 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts

* Note: Addison Russell no longer playing in AFL

— Carrie Muskat

10/16 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

Addison Russell hit a RBI double and C.J. Edwards threw three scoreless innings in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-2 win over Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Bijan Rademacher had two hits for Mesa. Edwards gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three in his second AFL start.

“It was pretty good,” Edwards said of his outing. “I went in today just focused on throwing strikes, trying to get ahead and stay ahead.”

The Solar Sox play host to the Javelinas on Thursday at Cubs Park in Mesa. First pitch was scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.

10/11 AFL update – Friday’s game

C.J. Edwards gave up one run on three hits and one walk over two innings, striking out one in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 14-3 loss to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play Friday night in Mesa. Edwards threw 39 pitches, 25 strikes in his first AFL outing. Zach Cates gave up one run over two innings and Gerardo Concepcion was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 for the Solar Sox, who play host to the Peoria Javelinas at Cubs Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. MT.

10/6 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League gets underway Tuesday, and Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. Their first game will be at Glendale against the Desert Dogs, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Solar Sox will play their home games at Cubs Park in Mesa, and the first one is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Cubs prospects on the Solar Sox will be joined by players from the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Nationals.

The Cubs players on the AFL roster include:

RHP Zach Cates: Cates, 24, was a combined 3-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 36 games at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season, striking out 40 over 53 innings. A third-round pick by the Padres in 2010, he was acquired along with Anthony Rizzo in the Andrew Cashner deal.

LHP Gerardo Concepcion: The Cuban pitcher was 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 29 games, playing primarily at Class A Kane County. In eight games with Daytona, Concepcion, 22, gave up two earned runs over 15 1/3 innings for a 1.17 ERA, striking out 14.

RHP C.J. Edwards: Edwards, 23, only pitched in 12 games this season because of shoulder problems. He made four starts with Tennessee before he was shut down. In 10 starts total with Tennessee, he gave up 13 earned runs on 30 hits and 21 walks while striking out 46. Teams batted .173 against him. The right-hander was acquired from the Rangers along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez for Matt Garza.

RHP Ivan Pineryo: In 11 games with Tennessee, Pineyro, 23, gave up 30 earned runs over 48 2/3 innings for a 5.55 ERA, striking out 41. He was acquired from the Nationals for Scott Hairston in July 2013.

SS Addison Russell: Acquired from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal, Russell batted .350 in 68 games last season combined. He was slowed by a hamstring injury at the start of the year. In 50 games at Tennessee, he batted .294 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs.

1B Dan Vogelbach: The left-handed slugger batted .268 with 16 homers and 76 RBIs in 132 games at Daytona last season. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick in 2011.

OF Jacob Hannemann: A left-handed hitter, Hannemann batted .251 combined at Kane County and Daytona, and swiped 37 bases. The 23-year-old was a third-round pick in 2013 out of Brigham Young.

OF Bijan Rademacher: Rademacher, 23, batted .281 at Daytona with 10 homers, 22 doubles, six triples and 56 RBIs in 111 games. He was a 13th round pick in 2012.

— Carrie Muskat

8/20 Tennessee update

Addison Russell drove in five runs and C.J. Edwards threw five scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as Double-A Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. Russell, ranked No. 6 on’s Top 100 Prospects list, hit an RBI double in the first inning and hit a grand slam in the seventh. He finished the game 2-for-5 and scored twice.

The grand slam was Russell’s second home run in as many days. Since he was acquired from the A’s in the Jeff Samardzija deal, Russell was hitting .301/.348/.556 with 10 home runs in 39 games.

Edwards, No. 56 on the Top 100, was making his fourth start since returning from a three-month stay on the disabled list. He struck out seven, walked two and held the Biscuits to two hits. He threw 80 pitches and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings. In eight starts for Tennessee this season, Edwards is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA. The 22-year old has struck out 37 batters and walked 15 in 39 innings.