MESA, Ariz. -- Last year, C.J. Edwards admitted he was nervous when he made his first Spring Training start late in March. It was a different situation on Monday in the Cubs prospect's first Cactus League appearance.
Edwards struck out the first two of the three batters he faced in the Cubs' 6-3 loss to the Padres, getting the third to ground out.
"This kid is going to be really good," manager Joe Maddon said. "He has a great way about him. He's very composed, very mature."
Edwards, 23, admitted he had a few jitters.
"I just was out there and doing my business -- three up, three down," he said.
He only went one inning because the Cubs want to take a conservative approach this spring and avoid any shoulder problems, which limited Edwards to 12 Minor League starts last season.
Maddon liked what he saw of Edwards in side sessions, but Monday was a game, and the right-hander threw some impressive curveballs.
"He's a nice kid, and he gets it," Maddon said of Edwards, ranked No. 5 by MLB.com among the Cubs' top 20 prospects. "He's humble, and he's here to work -- and he knows he needs to work, and he knows what he needs to work on."