Pitcher Andrew Edwards, a native of Marshall County, is the fourth native Kentuckian to play for the Legends, joining Josh Anderson (Eubank), Chris Clark (Richmond) and Jason Chowning (Louisville). It's possible a fifth player will join that group this season or next.
Edwards' good friend and former teammate at Western Kentucky University, left-handed pitcher Ian Tompkins, was drafted this week by the Legends' parent club, the Kansas City Royals. While an assignment to Lexington either this season or next is not guaranteed, most players in the Kansas City system will make a stop with the Legends as they work their way up.
"We're good friends, and I called him to congratulate him," Edwards said today. "Can't wait to see him again."
Tompkins is a Louisville native and a graduate of St. Xavier High School. As a junior at Western this year, he had 14 saves, which led the Sun Belt Conference and put him among the nation's leaders.
Edwards, who was selected by the Royals in the 19th round in 2013, remembers the excitement of draft day.
"It's a little nerve-wracking," he said, but getting drafted "is a dream come true."