The Texas Rangers accumulate young talent as well as any other team in baseball. The goal is to ultimately have a pipeline of young talent that continuously churns out prospects who will eventually fill one of the holes on your Major League roster or be used as trade bait to acquire a more MLB-proven talent or star-type player.
It’s incredibly hard to maintain a pipeline for years on end because you’re bound to have a year or two or three where the young talent you acquired didn’t turn out the way you’d hope. Sometimes players don’t develop like you’d expect or they get hurt and are never the same. Stuff happens.
While there are a number of legit reasons why Texas has been able to maintain their pipeline of talent for years, it still requires plenty of luck. And when you’re able to make a 48th round draft pick one of the key center pieces in your trade to acquire a quality starting pitcher to help down stretch, you know you have lady luck on your side.
That 48th round pick is right hander C.J. Edwards. Along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and a PTBNL, Edwards was sent packing to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for starter Matt Garza. This article will break Edwards down and shed some light on his long term prospects.
Edwards is tall and lean, possessing a frame that has some room to fill out in the years ahead. One of the things that helped Edwards prior to his breakout year was a changing of his mechanics in order to…
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The start we used to profile Edwards came against the Boston Red Sox affiliate Greenville. Next time we will take a look at a couple of the Red Sox hitting prospects Edwards faced off against including an exciting young second base prospect in Mookie Betts.