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July 2013



Farm Report: CJ Edwards Dominates

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by Rob Willer

The Cubs had added Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm to its already talented pool of prospects earlier this week and added Corey Brock on Friday. In this edition of Down on the Farm were going to take a look at C.J. Edwards and Corey Brock.

CJ Edwards

Acquired from the Texas Rangers as part of the package for right-hander Matt Garza last week, the 6 foot 2 right hander made his Daytona Cubs debut Sunday night.Edwards was spectacular striking out the first seven hitters he faced with relative ease by retiring them with his mid 90’s fastball.

On the night Edwards finished with 8 strikeouts and only allowed one hit on just 63 pitches in five innings. He projects to be a number three starter to the back of the rotation all depending on development over the next few years. Either way today was a great start to the Edward’s era and gives Cubs fans hope with talented young pitching prospects. Overall this guy knows how to pitch and its going to be fun to watch him for the rest of the season.

Edwards Watch: His next start will be Friday in Daytona for his home debut..

Corey Black

We then transition to right-handed pitcher Corey Black who was acquired from the Yankees in the deal that sent outfield slugger Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx. Black is a 21 year old right hander who is considered to be a power arm and pitched in High A with the Yankees this season.

Stats-  Last year Black posted a 3.08 ERA with 50 strikeouts and a .222 opponents batting average in 52 2/3 innings between the Gulf Coast League Yankees, Class A Short-Season Staten Island and Class A Charleston. These numbers are great to see across all three levels with a such a young pitcher. Early indications are that Black most likely will end up in the bullpen with that dominant sinking fastball.

Corey Black Alert- Via Black’s twitter account he announced that he will be starting Thursday for his Cubs debut. Black features a high 90’s fastball with movement.

  • Seymour Butts

    Anybody notice we swept a road series over the weekend?

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Yes, and against the Defending Champions.

    • PLCB3


    • Absolutely. Awesome to get to the closer on consecutive days…nice to see that from the other side of things.

    • Eddie Von White

      Anybody notice the Cardinals got swept over the weekend?

  • Doug S.

    That was a great sweep. Every game a nail biter that went in our favour for a change. Loving it,

    • PLCB3

      Don’t look now, but the Cubs are less than 10 games out of the wild card!

      Remember last year when White Sox fans said we would be in last place in the NL because we no longer had the Astros to prop us up? Anyone want to take a look at the AL standings?

      • We weren’t in the line at Disney with those guys.

      • PLCB3

        Neither was I. I was at home lifeguarding. Would you still like to take a look at the standings?

      • Oh yeah…that chubby guy in the Pierzynski jersey was pulling off some terrific cannonballs.

      • PLCB3

        Oh that guy. He’s a nutcase.

      • Remember the guy in the throwback Fisk jersey? I still can’t believe he pulled off a Triple Lindy…

      • PLCB3

        I have no memory of that. There were no Red Sox fans at the pool, and such a dive isn’t allowed where I worked.

      • AC0000000

        Neither was I. I was at home lifeguarding. Would you still like to take a look at the standings?

  • PLCB3
  • That One Guy

    Go Cubs!