Saturday, July 14, 2012

Josh Edgin, #53*

Last night, Josh Edgin made his major league debut for the Mets in their game against the Braves. Edgin is a 25 year old left handed pitcher from Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Edgin was drafted by New York in the 30th round of the 2010 draft out of Francis Marion University in South Carolina. Edgin has never made a pro start, appearing in 110 minor league games with solid raw numbers: 167 K and 55 W in 144 IP with a 3.06 RA.

But as prospects go, a 25 year old lefty reliever isn't particularly interesting. So why have I devoted a blogpost to him? My interest in Edgin is due to where he *started* his college career. As a freshman in 2007, Edgin appeared in 19 games, 7 of them starts with a 6.55 RA (-2 RAA). In 2008, Edgin's workload was reduced, appearing in 13 games with just 4 starts, and his performance in those limited opportunities weren't any better (-8 RAA). Seeking an opportunity to start, he transferred from OSU.

Transfers are quite common in college baseball, and I certainly hold no ill will against a player for seeking the best opportunity for his career or his education (as long as it's not at a certain school up north). But while Edgin did pitch for OSU, it would also be inappropriate to claim him as a full Buckeye from either the OSU or the Edgin perspective. Nonetheless, he joins 52 other confirmed OSU students as having played in the major leagues, and I wish them best.

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