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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ryan Edwards, Decent Year - 3223

Ryan Edwards' first year at single-A Cedar Rapids was a good one. His second year there, though, Edwards had trouble.

By July of that second season in 1992, Edwards was still trying to figure out what was going wrong, he told The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

"I've been struggling a lot," Edwards told The Gazette. "I have no idea what I'm doing differently. I had a decent year last year but I'm having a not very decent year this year."

Edwards was in his third pro season that year. It was also his last, Edwards apparently never figuring out what sent his season and career down hill.

Edwards' professional career began in 1990, signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois University.

At Eastern Illinois, Edwards' career 3.50 ERA is still good for fifth all time in the school's Division I era. He picked up six wins and 61 strikeouts in 1989 to lead his team. He then led his team in 1990 with a 3.74 ERA. He had seven shutouts in 1989 and four in 1990, according to the school's media guide.

With the Reds, Edwards started at rookie Billings, getting into 20 games in relief. In 35.2 innings of work, Edwards' ERA hit 5.55.

For 1991, Edwards moved to single-A Cedar Rapids, his ERA dropping to 2.22 over 37 outings. He also struck out 63 and walked just 23.

Edwards then made his return trip to Cedar Rapids. That year, his ERA again topped 5, at 5.05. It was his final year as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,125
Made the Majors: 662 - 58.8%
Never Made Majors: 463-41.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 172

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