GCL Pitcher Of The Year: Kyle Edlich

Edlich won four games for the Twins.

Kyle Edlich was by far the ace of the Gulf Coast League Twins this past season, excelling on the mound en route to earning a promotion to High-A Fort Myers. He was signed by Howie Norsetter out of Australia, and was a player Norsetter had his eye on for a while. In his first season of professional baseball, Edlich posted a 1.70 ERA in ten starts for the Twins, before being promoted in late September.

Kyle Edlich was by far the ace of the Gulf Coast League Twins this past season, excelling on the mound en route to earning a promotion to High-A Fort Myers. He was signed by Howie Norsetter out of Australia, and was a player Norsetter had his eye on for a while. In his first season of professional baseball, Edlich posted a 1.70 ERA in ten starts for the Twins, before being promoted in late September.

In Edlich's professional debut, he showed some jitters, allowing two runs in four innings of work. He allowed base hits to six of his 17 batters faced, while walking one in the process. After that one shaky outing, it was all uphill for the left-hander, as he posted an ERA under 2.00 the rest of the way.

Edlich finished the year with a 4-2 record for a Gulf Coast League team that almost made the playoffs. He struck out 53 batters in his 47.2 innings of work, and finished the year allowing only one home run.

His best start for the GCL Twins was against the GCL Pirates on August 17, his second to last start. In that game, Edlich struck out 13 batters in 6.2 innings, as he picked up his fourth and final win for the Twins.

Something that should not be a problem for Kyle as he moves up the ladder is getting out right-handed batters. He posted a 1.30 ERA against righties in 2005, and had 50 of his 53 strikeouts. Against lefties, his ERA was 4.50, although he only faced 21 of them.

Edlich struggled in his two appearances following his call-up to Fort Myers. He worked out of the bullpen both times, finishing with an 0-1 record. His ERA was at 6.75 at season's end, but he should start the year with the Miracle in 2006.

Only 19-years old, Edlich should prove to be a big piece of the puzzle in 2006 and beyond. He showed poised beyond his years, especially coming over from another continent.

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