With seemingly all of the Cubs' top prospects forcing their way into a call-up discussion, C.J. Edwards has become something of a forgotten man.
Edwards, the top pitching prospect in the Cubs' system, was shut down in late April with a shoulder injury and is just now getting back into a groove on the field.
The 22-year-old makes his fourth start for Double-A Tennessee Tuesday night since coming off the disabled list and told Smokies announcer Mick Gillispie "it's amazing" to be back on the field.
"I'm so excited to be back that I'm not really thinking about my shoulder," Edwards told Gillispie. "I'm just glad to be back playing baseball. It's my dream. It's something I love to do."
The Cubs acquired Edwards from the Texas Rangers in the Matt Garza deal last July. Since being selected in the 48th round of the 2011 draft, the righty has posted a 14-6 record with a 1.86 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 47 minor-league games (46 starts). He has also only given up two home runs in 223 professional innings.
Despite the injury, Edwards has continued that dominance this year at Double-A Tennessee, going 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in seven starts. He threw six shutout innings his last time out (Aug. 14), allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out one.
As he sees the success of Kyle Hendricks - another former Rangers prospect - and Neil Ramirez - the final piece of that Garza deal - at the big-league level, Edwards can't help but dream about getting a shot to showcase his stuff in Chicago.
With people trying to figure out where the Cubs will get impact pitching from, Edwards is hoping to become an answer to that question.
"You never know when your time is coming," he said. "All of us continue to work hard and sooner or later, we'll all be where we want to be."
Check out Edwards' complete interview above and catch Gillispie's broadcast on SmokiesOnRadio.com.