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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edwards to make Cactus League debut

By Jesse Rogers

MESA, Ariz. -- The reigning minor league pitcher of the year in all of baseball, Chicago Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards, will pitch in his first Cactus League game Tuesday night when the Cubs take on the San Diego Padres.

Edwards, a 48th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2011, went 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA combined for the Rangers and Cubs playing for Single-A Hickory and then Daytona last season. He was acquired midseason as part of the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers. The Cubs also received third base prospect Mike Olt in the deal.

Edwards helped pitch the Daytona team to the Florida State League championship and is ranked 67th among all prospects, according to ESPN.com. Edwards will start this season at Double-A Tennessee. Also pitching Tuesday night is Triple-A prospect Eric Jokisch, who performed well in major league camp before being sent down.