Edwards cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday.
Added to the 40-man last November for Rule 5 protection, Edwards failed to justify the move, posting a 7.92 ERA and 1.92 WHIP across three minor-league levels to open the 2017 campaign. He has shown an ability to miss bats at a good clip, but the walks have become a glaring issue as he's advanced up the ladder.
The Royals needed to make room on their 40-man roster after trading for the White Sox's Melky Cabrera and decided to cut ties with Edwards. The 25-year-old held an 8.51 ERA over 24.1 innings with Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season.
Edwards was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.
Edwards was recently reinstated from MiLB's disabled list after an undisclosed injury sidelined him just one game into the campaign. He made three appearances for High-A Wilmington, allowing one run over 5.2 relief innings since returning. Edwards is expected to move up to Triple-A Omaha (where he began the season) once the right-hander stacks some innings. The 25-year-old is a candidate to make his MLB debut out of the Royals bullpen later in 2017.
Edwards was reinstated from the MiLB disabled list and assigned to High-A Wilmington.
Edwards, a hard-throwing right-hander, will head back to Triple-A Omaha once he logs a few innings at the lower levels. A member of the Royals' 40-man roster, the 25-year-old managed a solid 3.96 ERA while striking out 74 over 61.1 innings at Double- and Triple-A combined last season.
Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
The hurler was saddled with a 5.40 ERA in 32 games with Omaha last season, and Edwards will return to an organizational depth role.
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|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||1||0||0.00||4||0||0||0||1||6.0||2||0||0||0||1||2||3|
|2014||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||0||4||5.79||11||0||0||0||1||18.2||22||12||12||1||2||7||15|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||0||2||3.86||29||0||0||0||2||42.0||33||19||18||2||6||19||30|
|2016||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||0||1||5.40||32||0||0||0||5||43.1||44||28||26||7||1||29||51|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||0||0||0.50||10||0||0||0||2||18.0||14||2||1||0||1||4||23|