Wednesday, May 29 - 7:05 p.m.
Hickory Crawdads (29-21)
RHP C.J. Edwards (52.1 IP, 2.41 ERA, 2.09 FIP, 28.2 K%, 9.1 BB%, .285 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (28-23)
RHP Joe Biagini (32.2 IP, 4.13 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 19.4 K%, 9.4 BB%, .268 BABIP)
Edwards is one of the better stories to come through Augusta in some time. He was drafted in the 48th round in 2011 out of Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, S.C. I've been through Prosperity and can tell you there isn't much around. Edwards was drafted without much feel for pitching and signed for $50,000. The Rangers have turned him into a legit prospect who is now ranked 14th in the system by Baseball America.
Edwards posted a 2.11 ERA with 60 strikeouts to 19 walks in 47 innings at short-season Spokane last season, earning a promotion to full-season ball this year. So far he has been even more impressive against better competition, limiting the walks to fewer than 10 percent while recording a FIP near 2.
The right-hander is very thin at 155 pounds, but he has been fairly durable so far, going at least five innings in seven of 10 starts. He can reach mid-90s and sits low-90s, while throwing a developing curveball and changeup that he reportedly has a feel for. Baseball America's report says Edwards' fingers are slightly offset to the right, giving him natural cutting action on his fastball.
Biagini has seemingly turned a corner in his past two outings, totaling two runs over 14 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Biagini has walked just four over his past 17 innings and is limiting hard contact while pitching more efficiently. The big right-hander has yet to allow a home run this season.
The GreenJackets will look to fare better with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 12 in the situation Tuesday. Despite winning Monday's game, they also went 2 for 12 in the situation, as well as 3 for 17 on Sunday. It came to a head Tuesday when the GreenJackets left five on in the first three innings, including loading the bases with no outs in the first inning and failing to score.