2008 Cardinals Prospect #25 – Jon Edwards

2008 Cardinals Prospect #25 – Jon Edwards

Still only 19 years of age, this highly-touted outfielder did not live up to his considerable promise during 2007. How much time remains for him to prove he has what it takes?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: 15

Position: OF

DOB: 1/8/1988

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 230

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Keller High School (Texas)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 14th round (436th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Tm

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

OBP

SLG

OPS

JC

0.245

188

27

46

12

1

7

33

28

68

0

0.345

0.431

0.776

BAT

0.394

33

1

13

4

0

1

7

2

7

0

0.429

0.606

1.035

Tot

0.267

221

28

59

16

1

8

40

30

75

0

0.357

0.457

0.814

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (39): I probably ranked Edwards a bit low. While his 2007 season did not live up to the promise of his 2006 debut, he did finish the season strong in very limited at bats at Short-A Batavia. While he reportedly has the strongest outfield arm in the minors, he struggled at the plate at Rookie level Johnson City, going .245/.345/.431/.776 in 188 at bats. That is the same level at which he hit .266/.360/.461/.821 in 2006. His strikeouts per plate appearance went from an average of once every 5.4 in 2006 to once every 3.4 in 2007. That is trending in the wrong direction. Edwards turns 20 in January so has time to get himself on track.

Dustin Mattison (27): A late round high school pick in 2006, Edwards has tremendous size and upside. A monster in the outfield, he stands 6-foot-5 with a well above average outfield arm and good speed for his size. In 2007, Edwards repeated Johnson City, hitting .245/.345/.431 in 55 games. The 19-year-old really responded after a late season promotion to Batavia, hitting .394/.429/.606 in 33 New York-Penn League at bats. Edwards swing can get long at times, but he does generate above-average bat speed and his power should increase as he matures. Something of concern is that his strikeouts increased in his rookie ball repeat and his isolated power number dropped slightly.

Ray Mileur (28): Selected by the Cardinals out of Keller High School (Texas) in the 14th round (436 overall) of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Edwards split playing time between Johnson City and Batavia after a stint in extended-spring training. He did hit .394/.429/.606 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in his nine games with Batavia. He has a plus arm and plus power that you would expect with his 6-foot-5, 230 pound frame. Still a very promising prospect, Edwards needs to cut down on his strikeouts, 75 Ks in 221 at-bats.

Brian Walton (22): My prospect pendulum swings, as I separate myself from the pack again, this time with the most promising score for Edwards. For all the reasons above and more, the youngster's 2007 performance was simply disappointing. There should be no debate about that.

Yet, I only dropped Edwards from number 13 to number 22 and slid Nick Stavinoha below him. Why? The reason is simple. Still a teenager as I type this (Edwards, not me!), he has more upside than a number of the players remaining above him in these rankings. It would be great to see more of that promise translated to results next season.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

To see our entire list of 40 prospects as they are unveiled daily, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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