January 24, 2021

Rays Add Xavier Edwards To Player Pool (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Rays added infielder Xavier Edwards to their 60-man player pool Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. He reported to their alternate training site.

Edwards was a first-round pick of the Padres in 2018, when the club selected him 38th overall. He’s now a top 100-caliber prospect, but the Padres traded him to the Rays last winter in a prominent deal that also saw outfielder Hunter Renfroe go to Tampa Bay. San Diego landed outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder Jake Cronenworth in return.

Edwards, who just turned 21 last week, has topped out at the High-A level as a professional. While Edwards didn’t hit any home runs during his 217-plate appearance debut there last season, he did slash .301/.349/.367 with a measly 8.8 percent strikeout rate and 14 stolen bases on 16 tries. MLB.com ranks Edwards as the Rays’ fourth-best prospect.

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