• by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Cubs call up bullpen arms Edwards, Rosscup

    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.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards thriving since promotion to Triple-A

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Cubs promote prospect C.J. Edwards to Triple-A

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Cubs prospect Edwards could find quicker path to majors as RP

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    C.J. Edwards will start Double-A season in the bullpen

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Cubs' Maddon believes 'strongly' in C.J. Edwards

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon praised pitching prospect C.J. Edwards after he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Thursday, CSNChicago.com reports. "I like this kid a lot," Maddon said. "Great delivery. Easy delivery. The ball out of the hand is exceptional. Real nice curveball. He's just learning his craft, but he was very impressive." Edwards allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings this spring while striking out two and walking none. Though it hasn't been determined whether Edwards will be used as a starter or reliever in the long term, Maddon is confident he has a role in the major leagues. "I'm not a conventional-wisdom guy," Maddon said. "But conventionally (with) a young guy like that, you put him in the starting rotation and see where it takes him. And then you eventually determine that he's either going to be a starter or a bullpen guy. I'm not around him enough yet to give you that kind of an opinion. But I do believe he's a major-league pitcher. I believe that strongly." Edwards went 1-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 46:21 K:BB ratio in 48 innings over 10 Double-A starts last season.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Cubs option C.J. Edwards down to Triple-A

    The Cubs have optioned pitcher C.J. Edwards down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Edwards pitched three scoreless innings this spring. He posted a 2.35 ERA last season in the minors. The roster now stands at 52.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Cubs add C.J. Edwards to 40-man roster

    The Cubs have added C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster on Thursday. Edwards is considered one of the team's best pitching prospects. The 23-year-old posted a 2.35 ERA over two levels in 2014.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    C.J. Edwards makes second start on rehab assignment

    Cubs starting pitcher prospect C.J. Edwards, who has been sidelined since April due to a shoulder injury, made his second appearance Monday on a rehab assignment with the team's rookie-league affiliate. Edwards allowed one run on one hit and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Edwards has a 1.59 ERA and eight strikeouts in two starts (5 2/3 innings) with the AZL Cubs.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    C.J. Edwards close to resuming game action

    Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards is set to make his return to live action Wednesday, when he's scheduled to pitch for the team's Arizona League affiliate, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm very, very close right now," Edwards said. "During my last live batting practice session, they put the radar gun on me, and I'm back to 94 mph with a good curveball and good changeup. Things are moving smoothly. I'm taking my time. (Wednesday) might not be my best start, but as long as I'm back on the mound, I'm happy." Edwards threw long toss from a distance of about 150 feet while also pitching a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He has been sidelined since April while recovering from a shoulder strain and fatigue. Edwards is expected to resume competing with Double-A Tennessee after two starts in the Arizona League. He's also likely to participate in the Arizona Fall League if he can stay healthy.