NEWPORT, R.I. – Former Newport Gull Tommy Edman made his Major League debut on Saturday, June 8th against the Chicago Cubs. The switch-hitting infielder pinch hit for Ryan Helsley in the top of the ninth, striking out in his only plate appearance.
Edman was a key part in Newport’s 2014 championship team, finishing the summer with a .309 average with 15 doubles and 20 RBI. Edman’s .319 average and ten stolen bases made him one of the premier names in the NECBL for the 2014 season, and he earned a spot on the South All-Star team for his consistent performances.
In his three years at Stanford, Edman posted a .281 career batting average with 177 hits to his name. In his junior season, he started every game at shortstop for Stanford, leading the team in runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. He was voted First-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive team. Following his stellar junior campaign, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Edman in the 6th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Edman’s debut makes him the second Gull to debut in the Majors this season and the 18th former Gull to reach the Major Leagues.