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Cubs call up top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards

The 2015 season has been full of young stars making a huge impact for the Cubs. Their latest addition won’t help their offense, but could be the future of the Cubs pitching staff.

Monday, the Cubs called up top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards ahead of their series with the Cardinals.

Edwards is the best pitcher in the Cubs organization and the No. 3 prospect overall. He is ranked as one of the 100 best prospects in all of baseball.

The right-hander joined the Cubs during the 2013 Matt Garza trade with the Rangers. He missed nearly all of the 2014 season with a strained shoulder.

Edwards has big league ability and could be a starter at the highest level.

MLB.com‘s scouting report:

Edwards usually operates in the low 90s with his fastball and has reached 97 mph, but the velocity doesn’t matter as much as its natural cutting life. Hitters rarely make hard contact against his heater and have tagged him for just two homers in 237 innings through three pro seasons. His secondary pitches continue to improve, with his curveball now sitting in the upper 70s with good depth and his changeup featuring some splitter action.

The Cubs still have two series with the Cardinals this season, including the one starting Monday. They also play the Pirates seven more times.