Height/Weight: 6’1”, 225 lbs
Acquired: 30th Rd 2010 (Francis Marion University)
Born: 12/17/86 (Florence, SC)
2011 Rank: 33
Why Ranked Here: Edgin rises 14 spots through the Top 41 rankings from a year ago because he was untouchable in Savannah and very good in St. Lucie. The key is not that he put up good numbers; he did it with two Major League caliber pitches – a plus fastball and a slider.
His fastball sat 92-93, and touched 96 on occasion, with good movement and life down in the zone. His pitching coach, Glen Abbott said he thought it was the best fastball in the South Atlantic League. It certainly was too much for SAL hitters. The slider is mid-80s, with both horizontal movement and depth, perhaps too much. He’ll need to tighten it at least a little to throw more strikes against more advanced hitters. He’s played around with a curve, a changeup and a two-seam fastball, but all were well-below average pitches and barely useful pieces of his arsenal.
2011: At the time he was promoted to the Florida State League the day after the Gnats clinched the first half title, Edgin had converted 12 straight save opportunities, and was tied for SAL lead in saves (16). He had allowed the fewest baserunners per 9 IP of any SAL reliever (6.97/9 IP), had the third-highest strikeout rate (11.90 K/9 IP) and had the second-lowest batting average against (.135) among relievers. He had not allowed a run in his last 16 appearances nor an earned run since April 26, a span of 18 appearances.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Lefty who never allows a run? I like. I see a very good left-handed reliever.
Debbie Downer Says: I see a heavy lefty who was 24 in low-a picking on much younger players in the SAL. His strikeout rate took a big hit in the Florida State League.
Projected 2012 Start: AA Binghamton
MLB Arrival: Late 2012 or 2013