Xavier Edwards

Position: SS
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Ft. Wayne TinCaps
League: Midwest League
Born: 08/09/1999 (Age: 20)
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 175
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: Comp Rd A., (#38 overall), 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SDP)

Prospect Spotlight

Double-plus speed may have headlined the pre-draft profile for the former Vandy commit, but Edwards’s hit tool really impressed in his limited pro action last year when he slashed a combined .346/.453/.409 over 45 games split between the AZL and Northwest League. It has been more of the same through his first half of full-season ball, as the speedy infielder has electrified the Midwest League to the tune of a .352/.404/.412 slash line with 17 steals (with nearly as many walks as strikeouts) en route to an all-star nod.

Edwards handles the barrel well, and while he won’t hit for much over-the-fence power, he should start to drive the gaps as he gets stronger. His game-changing speed frequently stretches singles into doubles, so there’s extra-base potential even without significant home run outputs. Defensively, he has the athleticism and actions to handle shortstop long term, though his arm is more average than plus and could move him off the position at higher levels. There’s some chance he sticks, but even if not, he’s athletic enough to stay up the middle at 2B or CF given his speed. Edwards’ ceiling is a top-of-the-lineup catalyst with plus defensive and baserunning contributions. The hitting ability he has shown early in his pro career is exciting, as players with this type of speed can become valuable parts of an offense if they make enough quality contact.