Xavier Edwards
Tampa Bay Rays
Shortstop
Born: (1999-08-09) August 9, 1999 (age 21)
Mineola, New York
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Xavier James Edwards (born August 9, 1999) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Career

Amateur career

Edwards graduated from North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. As a senior, he batted .406 with 16 runs batted in, 24 stolen bases, and a .532 on-base percentage for the school's baseball team.[1] He committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt University.[2]

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres selected Edwards with the 38th overall selection in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft[3][4] and signed for $2.6 million.[5] He made his professional debut with the AZL Padres and was promoted to the Tri-City Dust Devils in August. In 45 total games between the two teams, Edwards slashed .346/.453/.409 with 16 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.[6]

In 2019, he began with the Fort Wayne TinCaps,[7] earning Midwest League All-Star honors.[8] After slashing .336/.392/.414 with one home run, 30 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases over 77 games, he was promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm in July.[9] During 46 games with Lake Elsinore, he hit .301/.349/.367 with 14 stolen bases.[10]

After the season, on October 10, 2019, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[11]

Tampa Bay Rays

On December 6, 2019, Edwards, Hunter Renfroe, and a player to be named later were traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth.[12]

References

  1. ^ "North Broward Prep SS Xavier Edwards chosen by Padres in MLB draft". Sun Sentinel. July 17, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Kegan Lowe (September 23, 2017). "Xavier Edwards Excels on Day 1 of Wilson Premier Classic". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  3. ^ AJ Cassavell (May 24, 2018). "Padres pick Weathers, Edwards, Little on Day 1". MLB.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  4. ^ John Horvath (June 4, 2018). "Padres select prep SS Xavier Edwards with 38th overall selection". FOX Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Padres sign Xavier Edwards, Pick No. 38, for $2.6 million". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Xavier Edwards Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Talent-rich infield set to supply excitement | TinCaps". The Journal Gazette. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  8. ^ https://eastvillagetimes.com/2019/06/three-fort-wayne-tincaps-selected-for-2019-midwest-league-all-star-game/
  9. ^ "Edwards promoted to Lake Elsinore | TinCaps". The Journal Gazette. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  10. ^ "Xavier Edwards Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  11. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Padres Acquire OF Tommy Pham and INF/RHP Jake Cronenworth From Tampa Bay Rays". MLB.com. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.