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Top 30 Prospects: #20 Tommy Edman

In collaboration with Kyle Reis and Birds On The Black, I’m proud to present you with the Cardinals Top 30 Prospects! Every other day over the next day two months, we’ll be providing you with another in-depth scouting report on one of the best 30 prospects in the organization. Today, we have #20, Tommy Edman

20. Tommy Edman – SS

6th Round – 2016 Draft
Entering age-23 season
2017 wRC+ (Springfield): 80

Register Batting
2017 22 -0.8 3 Teams 3 Lgs AA-A-A+ STL 119 495 444 51 116 22 8 5 55 13 5 38 71 .261 .322 .381 .702 169 10 4 4 5 2
2017 22 -2.0 Springfield TL AA STL 63 239 219 20 54 12 2 2 26 5 2 16 34 .247 .298 .347 .645 76 6 1 1 2 0
2017 22 -0.7 Palm Beach FLOR A+ STL 18 82 70 7 18 2 1 1 11 0 1 7 18 .257 .338 .357 .695 25 1 2 2 1 0
2017 22 0.8 Peoria MIDW A STL 38 174 155 24 44 8 5 2 18 8 2 15 19 .284 .347 .439 .786 68 3 1 1 2 2
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Generated 2/12/2018.

What I Like

Tommy Edman is an extremely fun player to watch. He’s a switch-hitting shortstop with a good glove that can run. His glove is the strongest part of his game — I saw about a dozen Springfield games in person and he made several impressive plays. One in particular, when he ranged into the hole, dove, got up quickly and made a strong, accurate throw, I can recall vividly.

At the plate, he was up and down in Springfield. After Edmundo Sosa went down with a broken wrist, Edman was rushed to Springfield. He struggled mightily, hitting .083 in his first six games. He made adjustments in July, his best month when she slashed .302/.337/.417. However, he struggled again in August and September; the cat-and-mouse game of adjustments between hitters and pitchers (especially in an eight-team league like the Texas League) got the best of him.

He didn’t strike out too much in Springfield, but the main reason I have Edman ranked so high is that he has a clear path to the majors. Think the Daniel Descalso/Greg Garcia role, except a switch hitter that plays a much stronger shortstop than either Descalso or Garcia. Daniel Descalso might not seem like a flattering comparison for Edman, but Descalso has quietly had an eight-year major league career (and got a really important hit in Game 6, for what it’s worth).

What I Don’t Like

The lack of power stands out big-time. He’s not a very different player than Edmundo Sosa (number 21 on our list), there are a couple of things that work in his favor. First, he’s a switch hitter, a huge plus for a possible bench bat. Second, he played at Double-A last year, something Sosa hasn’t done yet. Regardless, a little more power would go a long way for Edman, even if it would still be below-average in the majors.

Rate stats don’t like him, either. His wRC+ of 80 is 20% below league average. (It’s right between Pete Kozma‘s Double-A wRC+’s of 64 and 94), and Daniel Descalso was solidly above league average in both his Double-A stints.

As much as I enjoyed watching Edman last year, I hate that he only got 18 games in Palm Beach before being pushed to Springfield. It wasn’t an earned promotion, it was a necessary promotion because of Sosa’s injury. Despite the fact that he held his own, it wasn’t the scenario that gave him the best chance to succeed. He earned his promotion from Peoria to Palm Beach, and he should have finished the season there.

I would start Edman in Double-A with Edmundo Sosa. They both need to show some versatility, and moving the two of them between shortstop, second, and third is the best thing for their major league prospects. Additionally, I thnk Edman should be given the chance to have real success in Springfield before being pushed to Memphis, where he’s one injury away from St. Louis, which he isn’t ready for.

Thanks for reading! As always thanks to Baseball Reference and Fangraphs for their statistics databases. Be sure to check out Kyle’s post tomorrow at Birds On The Black, and check out Prospect To Be Named Later for even more minor league content.

Colin Garner

Get caught up!
21. Edmundo Sosa
22. Johan Oviedo 
23. Evan Mendoza
24. Patrick Wisdom
25. Sam Tewes
26. Wadye Ynfante
27. Matt Pearce
28. Alvaro Seijas
29. Andy Young
30. Stefan Trosclair



Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
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