Edwards Showed Versatility & Consistency
"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Mets' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Bryan Edwards, we'll look at how he did at home versus the road, how he pitched with runners in scoring position, and more.
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First Things First: Right-handed pitcher Bryan Edwards was orginially drafted by the Reds in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB Draft out of Northeast Texas Community College. After being released by the Reds in 2002 and subsequently signed by the Padres, the Mets acquired Edwards from San Diego in the Rule V Draft in December of 2003. Edwards entered the 2005 season with a career mark of 17-23, but boasting a 3.75 ERA. He had his third straight year of a sub-4.00 ERA in 2005 and will be a six-year free agent this offseason.
Solid Out Of The Pen: The 26-year old right-hander was very solid out of the bullpen for the Binghamton Mets in 2005. He began the year as a reliever before the promotions of Yusmeiro Petit and Brian Bannister and season-ending injury to Philip Humber forced Edwards into the starting rotation.
Edwards began the year with a 1.75 ERA in his first 15 relief appearances and finished the year with a 3.31 ERA coming out of the Binghamton bullpen. His last 12 appearances of the season came as a starter and he did quite well in a pinch. Edwards went 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA as a starter for the B-Mets. While he proved he could adequately provide stability in the rotation if called upon, Edwards' best success in 2005, and in his career, has been out of the bullpen.
Stock in NYSEG: Bryan Edwards pitched a lot better at home in NYSEG Stadium than he did on the road in 2005. He went just 2-3 with a 4.42 ERA on the road, but sported a 4-3 mark with a 3.03 ERA at home. Of course, a big reason for the disparity in his splits was the fact he started the year with a 1.73 ERA in his first eleven appearances at home with ten of them coming out of the bullpen.
The differences in his home versus road splits were negligible at best. He proved he could be more than effective no matter his surroundings in 2005.
Just As Effective Against Lefties: Edwards, a right-handed pitcher, showed that he could get lefties out with regularity. In fact, he even faired better against left-handed hitters this past season. Right-handed batters hit .280 against him in 2005 while lefties hit just .259 off of him. .
Right-handed batters hit for more power against him too. Almost 32% of the hits served up by Edwards to right-handed batters went for extra bases and left-handed batters amassed just 25.5% of their hits for extra bases.
Just as all of his splits show, Edwards pitched effectively in any situation, even facing lefties. He might not have the sexy numbers of a top prospect, but his performance was nothing short of solid.
Summer Swoon: Consistency is normally the name of Edwards' game on the mound. But the one eyebrow raising statistic among his splits was his summer swoon. Edwards began the year posting a 1.75 ERA in his first 15 games as we noted above. He finished the season with a 2.92 in his last six games, all coming as a starting pitcher.
However, in the middle of the season as the weather was getting hot in June and July, Edwards struggled with a 5.76 ERA over a stretch of 14 games. Some of that can be attributed though to his in-season transition from the bullpen to starting.
Even Across The Board: Bryan Edwards was nearly as effective pitching with nobody on base as he was with runners on base, again showing his consistency in every situation. While opposing Eastern League batters hit .276 off of him with the bases empty, Edwards was just slightly more effective with runners on base, holding them to a .264 batting average in those situations.
Better In The Clutch: While Edwards was solid to average with nobody on base and with runners on base, he pitched a lot better in the more dire of situations. He limited opposing batters to a .231 batting average with runners in scoring position this past season.
And when the pressure mounted even more, Edwards consistently answered the proverbial bell. Opposing batters hit just .216 off of him with runners on base and with two outs and just .203 with runners in scoring position and with two outs. While those are the toughest situations for a hitter, Edwards didn't fold at the crucial times.
One Glaring Negative: If there's one glaring negative to Edwards' approach on the mound, it would be facing batters leading off an inning. Even though opposing leadoff men hit just .236 against him in 2005, Edwards walked the leadoff man 18 times this past season, accounting for 39% of his entire season's walk total. One small adjustment in this area could improve his numbers immensely.
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