The Cubs called up a pair of pitchers Monday, as Carl Edwards Jr. and Zac Rosscup were added to the team for the stretch run, per MLB.com. Edwards is the Cubs' No. 3 prospect, according to the site. He combined for a 2.77 ERA in 36 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A, with 75 strikeouts. Rosscup is 2-1 in 27 appearances with the Cubs this season.
Cubs right-hander C.J. Edwards has been throwing the ball well since being promoted to Triple-A Iowa at the end of May. The 23-year-old prospect has made 11 relief appearances for the Iowa Cubs. He has allowed six runs in 17 1/3 innings while striking out 11.7 batters per nine innings. Overall this season, between Double-A and Triple-A, Edwards has a 2.83 ERA.
The Cubs promoted starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa, according to 670 The Score. Edwards, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 38) and MLB.com (No. 47), went 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 relief appearances for Tennessee. He had 36 strikeouts and 17 walks in 23 2/3 innings.
While the Cubs still view prospect C.J. Edwards as a starting pitcher long-term, having him begin the year as a reliever at Double-A Tennessee means he could get to the majors a little quicker, per The Chicago Tribune. "He looked outstanding this spring," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We used him in a bunch of relief outings, and his stuff was electric. Certainly maybe it's a quicker path into the big leagues as a reliever. "We certainly, in no way, shape or form, have given up on him as a starter. But we also realize we got to manage his innings a little bit this year and start him off in that role allows us to do that, and then make an assessment which way we want to go with him." Edwards, who was acquired in a trade with the Rangers in July 2013, missed three months last season due to a right shoulder strain. The top-100 prospect is 14-7 with a 1.86 ERA over career career outings (49 starts) in the minors.
Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards will start his 2015 campaign at Double-A Tennessee in the bullpen, according to the Chicago Tribune. Edwards owns a 1.86 ERA in three minor-league seasons, with only one relief outing. He has yet to pitch more than 116 1/3 innings in a season.