Carl Fleming Edwards Jr.…resides in Prosperity, SC with his fiancé, Anquinette, and two children, Ava and Carl III...committed to play baseball at Charleston Southern University, but elected to sign with the Texas Rangers after being selected in the 48th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft...his father, Carl, played three years of collegiate baseball at Allen (SC) University and later played for a local "bush league" club (former high school and college players) called the Newberry Pirates with his two brothers, Chuck and Thomas...he let a 16-year-old Carl Jr. play on the side, against much older competition...has chosen the nickname "Stringbean Slinger" for Players' Weekend.
Went 1-1 with an 8.47 ERA (16 ER, 17.0 IP) in 22 relief appearances between Chicago-NL and San Diego...Limited hitters to a .190 (12x63) average against…righthanded batters hit .222 (4x18) and lefties hit .178 (8x45)...Made the Cubs Opening Day roster before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa from April 5-May 6…acquired by San Diego in exchange for Brad Wieck (lhp) on July 31 and optioned to Triple-A El Paso where he made 3 relief appearances...Went 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA (8 ER, 17.2 IP) in 17 appearances between Triple-A Iowa (CHC) and Triple-A El Paso (SD)...Missed time with a left thoracic strain and was on the 10-Day Injured List from June 13 - July 18…made a rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa during this time...placed on the 10-Day IL with a strained right shoulder on Aug. 13 and missed the remainder of the season.
Carl posted a career-best 2.60 ERA (15 ER/52.0 IP) in 58 relief outings ... held the opponent scoreless in 46 of 58 games ... Placed on disabled list, May 30, with right shoulder inflammation ... activated, July 6, after a rehab assignment with Iowa (3 G, 2.0 IP, 2 R) ... Did not allow a run in a career-high 15.0-straight innings, April 5-May 8 ... allowed just five hits and six walks, while fanning 27 batters, in 14 relief outings during that span ... Pitched a career-high tying 2.0 innings, July 25 vs. Arizona (0 H, 0 R, 2 SO) ... earned the win in the Cubs' 2-1 victory ... Ranked 11th among N.L. relievers with 11.60 strikeouts/nine innings ... Surrendered 19 walks in his final 26 outings (8.41 BB/9 IP) ... had allowed just 13 walks in his first 32 games (3.69 BB/9 IP) ... Allowed seven earned runs in a three game span (2.0 IP), May 12-16 ... his ERA in his other 55 outings was 1.44 (8 ER/50.0 IP) ... Limited opponents to a .190 average, including a .155 average (17-for-110) and a .534 OPS by righties.
Carl spent his first full season in the majors, and was one of the most dominant relievers in the National League ... led N.L. relievers with a .134 batting average against while his 12.75 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ranked seventh ... his 25 holds were tied for fifth-most by a Cubs reliever in a single season... All told, was 5-4 with a 2.98 ERA (22 ER/66.1 IP) in 73 relief appearances ... walked 38, struck out 94, allowed six homers and recorded a 1.01 WHIP... Led all major league relievers with just 3.93 hits allowed per 9.0 innings ... marked the best single-season mark for a Cubs reliever in franchise history, surpassing Carlos Marmol's 4.12 hits allowed per 9.0 IP in 2008... Limited opponents to a .503 OPS, fourth-lowest among all N.L. relievers. © Held the opponent scoreless in 62 of 73 outings ... struck out at least one batter in 58 of 73 appearances... Left-handed hitters batted .119 (13-for-109), the second-lowest mark for a right-handed reliever against left-handed batters ... Houston's Chris Devenski held left-handed batters to a .111 average (16-for-144)... Pitched to a 0.79 ERA (2 ER/22.2 IP) in his first 25 games through June 7 ... held opponents to a .085 average (6-for-71) and .376 OPS in that span... Starting June 9, posted a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) in 24 outings through August 6, as he walked 19 and struck out 33 ... rebounded by posting a 1.25 ERA (3 ER/21.2 IP) in his final 24 outings, issuing just eight walks compared to 30 strikeouts... Earned his first-career win, April 21 at Cincinnati ... tossed a scoreless 10th inning in the Cubs' 6-5, 11-inning triumph... Twice pitched a season-high 2.0 innings: April 13 vs. the Dodgers and May 2 vs. the Phillies... Began the season with 12 scoreless outings (12.0 IP) through May 2 ... contributed to a career-high 13.0-inning scoreless streak dating to 2016... Finished the season with 9.2 scoreless innings spanning 11 outings, September 10-30 ... opponents batted .067 (2-for-30) ... did not allow a hit in his final 10 games (8.2 IP)... Appeared in seven postseason games, pitching at least 1.0-scoreless inning in four of those outings ... however he allowed six earned runs in a combined 0.1 innings in his other three outings.
Carl made 36 relief appearances for Chicago, posting a 3.75 ERA (15 ER/36.0 IP) with a 0.81 WHIP and a .123 opposing batting average ... Led N.L. pitchers (min. 30.0 IP) in swing-and-miss percentage (39.5 percent), opposing average (.123) and H/9.0 IP (3.75) ... led N.L. rookies (min. 30.0 IP) in soft-hit percentage (25.0 percent), opposing OBP (.210), opposing OPS (.456), WHIP (0.81) and strikeout percentage (37.7 percent) ... Had a 1.45 ERA (3 ER/18.2 IP) in 18 games on the road, limiting opposing batters to an .051 batting average (3-for-59), by far the best opposing average on the road in the majors (min. 15.0 IP) ... next-lowest was teammate Pedro Strop (.120) ... Limited batters to a .054 clip (5-for-92) with two strikes ... opposing hitters batted .114 (4-for-35) with runners in scoring position ... Appeared in eight postseason games, the most by any rookie pitcher in the 2016 playoffs ... went 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA (2 ER/6.1 IP) while striking out four batters ... recorded the first two outs in the last inning of Game Seven of the World Series ... Did not allow a hit in 25 of his 36 outings ... 28 of his appearances were scoreless ... Fanned a career-high five batters, July 31 vs. Seattle, tossing 2.0-scoreless innings in the Cubs 7-6, come-from-behind victory ... Recorded his first-career save, September 1 vs. San Francisco, tossing a perfect ninth inning ... also earned a save in the Cubs season finale, October 2 at Cincinnati ... Combined to go 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA (2 ER/6.1 IP) in eight post-season relief appearances ... made two scoreless appearances (2.0 IP) in the NLDS vs. San Francisco and three scoreless outings (1.2 IP) in the NLCS vs. the Dodgers ... Pitched in 24 games at Triple-A Iowa, going 1-1 with a save and a 4.26 ERA (12 ER/25.1 IP) ... was recalled, May 11, as the 26th man for the Cubs twin-bill against San Diego ... was recalled again, June 20, and spent the rest of the season with Chicago.
Carl Edwards Jr. made his major league debut, posting a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in five relief appearances after being recalled, September 7 ... split time between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, going a combined 5-3 with a 2.77 ERA (17 ER/55.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances. Named to the All-Star Futures game, representing the U.S. team. Made his major league debut, September 7 at St. Louis ... tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Cubs 9-0 victory. Began the year at Tennessee, going 2-2 with four saves and a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) in 13 relief outings ... struck out 36 batters. Was promoted to Iowa, May 29, and made 23 relief appearances with the I-Cubs, going 3-1 with two saves and a 2.84 ERA (10 ER/31.2 IP). Was placed on the minor league disabled list, August 18, with a blister ... activated, September 3.
C.J. combined for a 2.35 ERA (14 ER/53.2 IP) in 10 starts with Double-A Tennessee and two rehab starts with Rookie League Mesa, as he was on the minor league disabled list, April 25-August 2, with a right shoulder strain...Held batters to a .173 average (32-for-185) and a .272 on-base percentage...Struck out 54 hitters and walked 25...Allowed just nine extra-base hits including one home run...Opened the campaign with Tennessee and was 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA (6 ER/20.2 IP) in four starts before landing on the disabled list...Made two rehab starts with Rookie League Mesa, July 23-28, and posted a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP)...Pitched to a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) and held the opponent to a .174 batting average (16-for-92) in six August starts after his time on the shelf...Named an Arizona Fall League All-Star after going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP) in six starts for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Combined to go 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA (24 ER/116.1 IP) in 24 starts between Single-A Hickory in the Rangers organization and Single-A Daytona ... acquired by Chicago in a five-player deal with Texas, July 22 ... Combined to strikeout 155 batters in 116.1 innings, good for an average of 12.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... walked just 41 ... Allowed one or no earned runs in 19 of his 24 starts ... In six starts with Daytona following the trade, had no record with a 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) ... walked seven and struck out 33 ... Named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star with Hickory, and was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA (19 ER/93.1 IP) in 18 starts prior to the trade.
In his first pro season, was 5-3 with a 1.48 ERA (11 ER/67.0 IP) in 14 games (13 starts) between the Rookie League Rangers and Single-A Spokane ... Struck out 85 hitters in 67.0 innings for an average of 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... walked 25 and did not surrender a home run ... Began his pro career with 20.0 scoreless innings spanning four games (three starts) with the Rookie League Rangers ... struck out 25 and walked six ... Joined Spokane, July 12, and went on to go 2-3 with a 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0 IP) in 10 starts ... Named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, going 1-0 with a 0.76 ERA (2 ER/23.2 IP) in five games between the Rangers and Spokane.