Xavier Edwards
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Diego Padres A+
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Moves up to High-A
SSSan 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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Edwards earns a deserved promotion after hitting .336/.392/.414 in 77 games for Low-A Fort Wayne. He makes a lot of contact (10.2 percent strikeout rate) and has excellent speed (20 steals), though he has almost no power (just one career professional home run).
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Drills first career homer
SSSan 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
SSSan 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
SSSan 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
SSSan 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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Piling up hits
SSSan Diego Padres  A+
July 27, 2018
Edwards (wrist) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in a game with the Padres' Arizona League team on Thursday.
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