Bryan Keith Edwards
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
Bryan Edwards pitched as high as AA.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays took him in the 86th round of the 1997 amateur draft out of high school; by that point, every other team was done drafting, but Tampa Bay would keep it up for several more rounds. Going on to college, he went to the Houston Astros in the 38th round of the 1998 amateur draft and the 15th round of the 1999 amateur draft (one pick after Jake Peavy) but again did not sign. Edwards began his pro career with the 2000 Newark Bears, going 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA and 25 walks in 17 1/3 IP. He finally signed after the Cincinnati Reds chose him in the 9th round of the 2000 amateur draft, one pick before Edwin Encarnacion.
In his first pro summer, Edwards pitched for the GCL Reds (9 BB, 7 R in 9 2/3 IP) and Billings Mustangs (0-2, 9 R, 18 BB in 6 IP). The wild righty settled down somewhat with the 2001 Dayton Dragons at 6-7, 4.68 with 40 BB in 107 2/3 innings. He did tie for 8th in the Midwest League with 14 wild pitches. Let go by the Reds, Edwards had a 1-1, 7.42 record for the 2002 Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox. He then signed with the San Diego Padres and excelled for the '03 Fort Wayne Wizards, going 4-7 with 2 saves and a 2.40 ERA while walking only 29 in 112 1/3 innings. He was 5th in the Midwest League in ERA, between Josh Teekel and Jean Toledo. That drew the interest of the New York Mets, who took him in the AAA phase of the 2003 Rule V Draft.
Bryan spent three years with the Mets system. In 2004, he appeared for the St. Lucie Mets (5-6, 4 Sv, 3.30 in 38 G) and the Binghamton Mets (1-0, 3.00 in 2 G). In '05, he went 6-6 with a save and a 3.65 ERA as a swingman for Binghamton. He just missed the Eastern League top 10 in ERA, falling .6 behind #10 Darrell Rasner.
Back with Binghamton again in 2006, he fell to 4-8, 4.72. He allowed three runs in six innings for the Gigantes de Carolina in the 2007 Caribbean Series, getting the win over the Tigres de Aragua. In his final season, he split time between three Atlantic League clubs, going 8-6 despite a 6.14 ERA for the Camden Riversharks (2 G), Bridgeport Bluefish (3-2, 7.25) and York Revolution (5-4, 4.96). He tied for 10th in the league in wins and also was 8th in innings pitched (146 2/3), 6th in hits (176), 1st in runs allowed (110) and 2nd in earned runs allowed (101).
Edwards has gone on to coach youth baseball.