“He could play shortstop in the Major Leagues right now, tonight,” Petty said. “Anyone that says he can’t stay at shortstop, quite honestly, I don’t know what they’re looking at. Granted, I’ve had him for two years now so I have the luxury of seeing him every day, but he can make every play you could possibly need to make and he makes it look pretty easy.”

Whether Edwards’ journey to the Major Leagues begins next June at the 2018 MLB Draft, or a few years from now after spending time at Vanderbilt remains a mystery, for now. Edwards said he would be content with either outcome, but there’s no denying his recent performances, which includes a strong showing at this past summer’s East Coast Pro event, has his name being mentioned among the top high school position players in the upcoming draft class.

“My parents are both educators and they have been for a long time, so education was always the most important thing,” Edwards said. “Vanderbilt and Duke were my top two choices and my mom was leaning toward Duke while my dad was leaning toward Vandy. But you can’t beat Vandy. It’s the best baseball in the country and one of the best academic schools in the country right next to the Ivy League schools, so it’d be the best of both worlds and I’d be happy either way.

“But at the end of the day it’s just a game and I’m having fun with the eight friends that are inside the lines with me,” he continued. “So there’s no pressure. No matter who’s watching — your mom and dad or hundreds of scouts — it’s just a game and I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible. It doesn’t matter whether I’m 0-for-6 or 6-for-6.”

But as Friday’s performance showed, and Petty can attest, Edwards going 6-for-6 is seemingly the much more likely scenario.