Xavier Edwards
21-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Dee Gordon with better on-base skills is the high-end comp on Edwards, who the Rays acquired in the Tommy Pham/Hunter Renfroe trade. He has not hit for power and should not be expected to, but if he hits .300 with a .360 OBP and 40 steals, nobody will complain in fantasy. Edwards, who at 5-foot-10 benefits from a small strike zone, had a 54:44 K:BB and hit .322 in 561 PA across stops at Low-A and High-A in his age-19/20 season. He was 22-for-23 on SB attempts in short-season and rookie ball, but was 34-for-45 (75.6%) in his full-season debut. Edwards played more games at second base than shortstop, and his 70-grade speed would also profile in center field. He is excellent at using the whole field, but upping his LD% and decreasing his GB% would give him a better chance of maintaining very high batting averages against better defenders. Edwards will need to get on base at a high clip to avoid a bench role. Read Past Outlooks
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Shipped to Tampa Bay
2BTampa Bay Rays  A+
December 5, 2019
Edwards was traded from the Padres to the Rays on Thursday along with Hunter Renfroe in exchange for Tommy Pham, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Prospect Jake Cronenworth was later reported to be included with Pham in the move to the Padres.
Edwards finished the 2019 season with High-A Lake Elsinore, slashing .301/.349/.367 with 13 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 46 contests. Though he's not a threat to leave the yard, his speed and ability to hit for average earned him the No. 5 spot in the Padres' farm system, according to MLB Pipeline. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Edwards begin the year at Double-A Montgomery.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Padres landed Edwards, the fastest player in last year's draft, with the No. 38 overall pick, where he received $2.6 million -- almost $1 million over slot value. He proceeded to hit .346 with more walks (31) than strikeouts (25) and was successful on 22 of 23 stolen-base attempts. Over 50% of his hits went to the opposite field and over 60% were groundballs. If he doesn't adjust that approach, he isn't going to hit for power. Of course, if he tries to pull the ball more and hit more flyballs, his batting average could take a hit. A swing and/or approach change may be needed down the road, but he was still 35 percent better than the average Northwest League hitter while posting a .047 ISO -- the third-worst mark in the league among hitters with at least 100 PA. Edwards could hit .300, get on base at a .400 clip and steal over 50 bases in his peak seasons, which makes him one of the top dynasty-league targets from last year's draft class.
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Moves up to High-A
2BSan Diego Padres  A+
July 9, 2019
Edwards advanced to High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Drills first career homer
2BSan Diego Padres  A+
June 27, 2019
Edwards went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored for Low-A Fort Wayne on Thursday.
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Still raking in Low-A
2BSan Diego Padres  A+
June 13, 2019
Edwards went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs for Low-A Fort Wayne on Thursday.
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Tearing up Midwest League
2BSan Diego Padres  A+
May 28, 2019
Edwards went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and a walk for Low-A Fort Wayne on Monday.
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Continues to hit
2BSan Diego Padres  A+
May 10, 2019
Edwards went 3-for-4 with two walks, a stolen base and a run for Low-A Fort Wayne on Thursday, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
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