Full name JONATHAN BENJAMIN EDWARDS...Wife, Katelyn..Two sons, Benjamin and Joshua...Graduated from Keller High School (TX) in 2006...After initially signing in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft as an outfielder by the St. Louis Cardinals, played in five minor league seasons with the Cardinals organization...Later was signed by Texas Rangers' scout Bobby Crook.
Edwards was signed as a free agent by Cleveland to a Minor League contract on March 22 after missing the 2016 and 2017 campaigns recovering from reconstructive right elbow surgery...The Keller, TX native split the season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus, going 2-2 with four saves and a 3.63 ERA in 34 relief appearances (39.2IP, 29H, 16ER, 15BB, 56SO, .197 avg)...Activated at AA Akron on May 28 after preparing for the season in Goodyear...Promoted to AAA Columbus on June 23 and spent the remainder of the minor league season with the Clippers...Fanned 12.6 batters per 9.0 IP on the year (54K, 39.2IP)...Right-handed hitters batted .182 (18-for-99) off him for the year and he did not allow a homer to a lefty on the year...Batters hit .177 (11-for-62, 0HR) with runners on base...Made his Indians debut on Sept. 1 vs. Tampa Bay, tossing a scoreless inning...Was his first Major League game since October 4, 2015 at Los Angeles (NL) with SD...Allowed runs in only two of his nine outings with Cleveland….Right-handed hitters were 3-for-19 (.158) with two home runs allowed and six strikeouts…Over his last six games: 5.1IP, 1H, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts (batters were 1-for-17).
Pitched in a career-high 22 Major League games between Texas and San Diego after being acquired by the Padres as part of a three-player trade in August....Over 37 combined minor league outings between Triple-A Round Rock and Triple-A El Paso, went 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA (5 ER, 36.2 IP) to go along with 23 saves in 24 opportunities and 51 strikeouts against 11 walks while allowing a .168 opponents average....Named a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star for Round Rock and a PCL Post-Season All-Star for El Paso....Acquired by the Padres on 8/21 from the Rangers to complete an earlier trade on 8/18 in exchange for OF Will Venable....Pitched in five games for El Paso, working 5.0 scoreless innings before being called up to San Diego where he posted a 3.38 ERA (4 ER, 10.2 IP) with 16 strikeouts against eight walks.
Made his major league debut in just his 3rd full season on the mound...had contract purchased on 8/15 when Robbie Ross Jr. was optioned, and posted no record and a 4.32 ERA (4 ER/8.1 IP) in 9 relief outings while spending the rest of the year in the majors...had 9 K's, but permitted 13 hits and 5 BB for a 2.160 WHIP in his limited action with the Rangers...opponents hit .351 (13-37) with just one extra-base hit (2B), with right-handers at .286 (6-21)...in ML debut 8/15 vs. LAA, first 2 batters faced were Albert Pujols (foul out) and Josh Hamilton (single), tossing 0.2 scoreless inning...first 5 G: 5.0 IP, 1 R-0 ER; last 4 G: 3.1 IP, 4 R-ER...career-high 2.0 IP, 8/26 at SEA, and high of 2 SO on 3 occasions...surrendered runs in 3 of 9 appearances overall...first batters were 4-for-9 (.444)...allowed 2 of 4 inherited runners to score, had one hold, no save chances, and 3 games finished.
Averaged 10.8 SO/9 at a pair of stops in the farm system...combined to go 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA (25 ER/55.2 IP) with 67 SO/39 BB with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco...held right-handed batters to a .178 average (23-129), with lefties at .277 (20-72)...opened the season with Myrtle Beach and recorded at least one strikeout in 24 of 26 appearances, including multiple strikeouts 16 times...on DL, 5/10-21 with right elbow inflammation...promoted to Frisco on 8/1 for first extended Double-A action.
Split season between AZL Rangers, Spokane (Rookie), Myrtle Beach, and Frisco in his first full season on the mound, and first season in the Rangers system...combined to go 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (6 ER/30.0 IP) and one save over 19 relief appearances...averaged 11.1 SO per 9.0 IP and 9.6 BB per 9.0 IP...limited opposing right-handed batters to a .152 average (10-66), while opponents hit .155 (16-103) overall...opened season with AZL Rangers, promoted to Spokane 6/30, Myrtle Beach on 8/18, and Frisco on 9/1...placed on Frisco DL 9/3 with calf strain and did not pitch again...had 3 outings with Ponce in Puerto Rican Winter League.
Spent his final season as an outfielder in independent ball with San Angelo of the North American League...at end of season, made 2 appearances for Alpine in Pecos League to begin his pitching career (2.0 SHO IP)...signed by Rangers, 12/20/11.
Spent entire campaign with Batavia (Low-A), final season in Cardinals system...released by St. Louis on October 5.
Split season between Batavia and Quad Cities (A)...combined to bat .205 (69-337) with 13 HR and 45 RBI over 96 games...was on DL 5/23-6/10 with quad strain.
Split season between Batavia and Quad Cities...combined to bat .289 (52-180) with 10 HR and 29 RBI over 53 games.
Split first full season between Johnson City (Rookie) and Batavia...combined to bat .267 (59-221) with 8 HR and 40 RBI over 64 games.
Spent first season with Johnson City after signing on 6/6.