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Prospect Q&A: Rays’ infielder Edwards

No. 70 overall prospect working to add more ‘tools to the toolshed’
@Gerard_Gilberto
March 9, 2022

Due to the pandemic and an injury to his oblique, the Rays waited about 18 months before getting to see Xavier Edwards play in their system. But once he got back on the field, the No. 70 overall prospect showed he can be one of the best leadoff hitters in

Prospect season in review: Rays’ Edwards

Speedy infielder doesn’t skip a beat in new organization
@Gerard_Gilberto
November 2, 2021

MiLB.com's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at third-ranked Rays prospect Xavier Edwards. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. It was an interesting beginning to Xavier Edwards’ tenure with the Rays. But by

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Double-A

Wichita set to experience its first taste of postseason action
September 21, 2021

The Double-A playoffs begin with three best-of-five series featuring the top two teams in each league. Montgomery and Mississippi face off in the South, Wichita wrestles with Northwest Arkansas in the Central and Bowie battles Akron in the Northeast. All three series are set to run from Sept. 21-26.

Wahoos Clip Biscuits, 5-3

Rays No. 4 prospect Edwards has three hits, stolen base for Biscuits
June 17, 2021

PENSACOLA, Flo. – A ninth-inning comeback fell just short as the Biscuits (17-21) lost to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (23-16) in game three of a six-game set, 5-3, on Thursday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Tobias Myers (2-3) made his sixth start of the season for the Biscuits, and after

Rays’ Franco repeats as top overall prospect

Tampa Bay boasts league-high eight players in MLB.com's Top 100
January 28, 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Rays reign supreme in the prospect world. Led by consensus No. 1 overall prospect Wander Franco, Tampa Bay boasts a Major League-high eight prospects on MLB.com's Top 100 list, released Thursday night. Following Franco at the top are the No. 1 overall picks in

The Road to The Show™: Xavier Edwards

Speedy infielder trying to carve out role in loaded Rays system
January 4, 2021

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Tampa Bay Rays infielder Xavier Edwards. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed dream lineup: The 20-year-olds

Kelenic, Patiño lead strong class of those playing at 20 in '20
March 31, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers. This time, we turn our attention to prospects entering their age-20

Toolshed: Rays will make most of middle infield

Tampa Bay boasts six middle infielders among its Top 30 prospects
March 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future when the coronavirus pandemic passes, people are safe, rosters are being set and the season is around the corner, the Tampa Bay organization is going to have some tough decisions to make, specifically in the middle infield of

Rays take charge of 2020 prospect rankings

Franco stays No. 1 overall; Tampa Bay holds six Top 100 slots
January 24, 2020

In terms of both quantity and quality, no team has prospects like Tampa Bay. The Rays boast six players among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects, revealed Saturday. That's more than any organization, with shortstop Wander Franco remaining in the No. 1 overall spot. The top prospect reached Class A Advanced Charlotte

Rays get Edwards from Padres in Pham deal

No. 72 overall prospect accompanies Renfroe to Tampa Bay
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 6, 2019

Two of the best farm systems in baseball are swapping assets.The Padres on Friday sent infield prospect Xavier Edwards, outfielder Hunter Renfroe and a player to be named to the Rays for outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth.

Dalbec slams Team USA to win in opener

Four prospects homer in first game of Premier12 tournament
November 2, 2019

A power surge carried Team USA to victory on Saturday, with Bobby Dalbec delivering the biggest blow.The second-ranked Red Sox prospect belted a grand slam in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach as the Americans used four home runs to crush the Netherlands, 9-0, at Estadio

Adell, Vaughn, Waters named to U.S. roster

Prospects headed to Premier12 tournament in Olympic qualifier
October 10, 2019

At this year's Premier12 tournament, USA Baseball will take on a distinct prospect flavor.Seven of MLB.com's Top-100 prospects, including No. 5 Jo Adell (Angels) and No. 21 Andrew Vaughn (White Sox), were named to the 28-man U.S. roster on Thursday ahead of the WBSC Premier12 tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico from

Ornelas rallies Storm in extra-inning thriller

Padres No. 12 prospect delivers California League comeback
September 6, 2019

The Quakes and Storm weathered punch after punch and, ultimately, it took 10 innings to settle Game 2 of the best-of-5 California League South Division playoff series.No. 12 Padres prospectTirso Ornelas lofted a sacrifice fly to score Jalen Washington with the game-winner as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore rallied for

Thomas, Franco headline MWL All-Stars

D-backs outfielder, Rays shortstop take home top honors
August 23, 2019

There was plenty of young prospect firepower in the Midwest League this summer, and the Class A circuit's final list of award winners clearly reflects that.D-backs top prospectAlek Thomas was named Most Valuable Player and Rays top prospect Wander Franco took home Prospect of the Year honors as the Midwest

Storm's Patiño brilliant in longest start

Padres No. 4 prospect pitches into ninth, allows three hits
August 1, 2019

Luis Patiño already was working on a career night and one of the best outings of his professional life. Then he got one more out for good measure.MLB.com's No. 33 overall prospect dazzled over 8 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine without issuing a walk, and Padres

Storm's Edwards figuring out Cal League

Padres No. 8 prospect posts first four-hit game at new level
July 24, 2019

Xavier Edwards is starting to get the hang of the California League.The eighth-ranked Padres prospect registered his first four-hit game since moving up a level and scored a run in Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore's 10-5 loss to Lancaster on Tuesday night at The Hangar.

Padres' Gore promoted to Double-A

Top pitching prospect joining Amarillo after posting 1.02 ERA
July 9, 2019

The game's top left-handed pitching prospect is headed to the Texas League.Fresh off his appearance in the Futures Game, Padres lefty MacKenzie Gore has been promoted to Double-A Amarillo, the Sod Poodles announced Tuesday.

Edwards keeps on raking for TinCaps

Padres No. 8 prospect logs four more hits, scores three runs
June 30, 2019

Xavier Edwards was everywhere on Saturday.The eighth-ranked Padres prospect went 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored in Class A Fort Wayne's 7-6 10-inning loss to Great Lakes at Parkview Field. It was his third game with at least four hits this season.

TinCaps' Edwards belts first career homer

San Diego's No. 8 prospect collects three hits from atop lineup
June 27, 2019

The first pitch of Xavier Edwards' third at-bat Thursday sailed so far inside that he had to lunge out of the way. He hovered his bat over the plate for the next one. Foul. A breaking ball hit the dirt. What came next was unexpected not only because of Edwards'

Edwards continues TinCaps' hit parade

Padres No. 11 prospect extends Midwest lead with four knocks
May 26, 2019

The hits just keep on coming for Xavier Edwards.San Diego's No. 11 prospect went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored in Class A Fort Wayne's 12-2 win over Great Lakes on Sunday afternoon.

MWL notes: Edwards letting talents shine

Padres prospect switch-hitting again with TinCaps after injury
May 9, 2019

Xavier Edwards, a switch-hitting shortstop selected 38th overall in 2018 by the Padres, was limited to batting only left-handed in Rookie ball due to a wrist injury. His talent as one of the top hitters in his Draft class wasn't limited, however.

Padres' Edwards picks up five hits

No. 14 prospect sets career mark in big day for Fort Wayne
May 1, 2019

Class A Fort Wayne dropped its last four games of April and finished the season's first month with losses in eight of its last 11 games. The TinCaps needed to start May on the right foot. Xavier Edwards -- a plus-plus runner -- knows a thing or two about being