- Inside Athletics
DETROIT -- Marygrove College baseball head coach Ryan Kottke added another key transfer to his club Tuesday (July 15) when he signed James Edwards, a former local standout and NCAA Division II transfer, to a Letter of Intent. Edwards, a 6'1 outfielder and 2010 graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep, committed to join the newly-formed NAIA program at Marygrove after putting together an MVP season during the 2013 season at Shaw University (N.C.).
Edwards' commitment to the Detroit school comes a year after Shaw announced it would no longer sponsor baseball as a varsity sport. Since then, Edwards has maintained a busy year-round training schedule and has played travel ball for the Michigan Vipers to ready himself for a move like Tuesday's commitment to Marygrove.
Before traveling to Shaw, Edwards enjoyed a successful four-year varsity campaign for the Eaglets of St. Mary's Prep where he was a three-time MHSAA First Team All-State selection. The talented outfielder was also named to back-to-back-to-back All-Catholic League and All-District honors to round out his final three high school seasons. The well-rounded high school career elevated Edwards to a NCAA Division II Preseason All-American nomination prior to his freshman collegiate campaign.
During his time at Shaw, Edwards led the team in nearly every offensive category en route to batting .319 with one homerun, 21 RBIs, 21 runs scored, and six stolen bases in 33 games. Edwards also recorded a team-high 17 extra-base hits to earn All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Second Team honors to culminate a stellar 2013 season.
COACH KOTTKE'S TAKE
"James is a very athletic outfielder that can play any of the three outfield positions," said Kottke. "I'm really looking forward to getting James into our system and seeing him finish out his collegiate career donning the Green & Vegas Gold. Without question, James' prior experience – combined with the rest of our inaugural team's roster – will allow us to be competitive immediately and compete for championships in year one."