"It's the hardest position on the dirt, so just get used to attacking the ball again, because it's really easy at second to sit back on the ball, because it's all about just securing it," Edwards said. "The guy should be out most of the time -- if not all the time -- once you secure the ball. It's a bit different at short. You have to get the hop you want, you have to attack the ball, and you can't sit back as much. Just kind of getting back to that mindset of just being able to play short."
According to MLB Pipeline's scouting report, Edwards' quickness allows him to cover ground in the infield, but his fringy arm strength limits his effectiveness at shortstop and third.
He's more reliable than flashy at second, the position at which he has the best chance to become a big league regular. Schumaker believes Edwards is capable of playing shortstop, pointing to former Cardinals teammate David Eckstein as a prime example. What he might've lacked in arm strength, he made up for in footwork and an internal clock.
Though Marlins pitchers record a lot of strikeouts, they also induce plenty of grounders, amplifying the importance of infield defense. Joey Wendle will be a free agent following the season, and Garrett Hampson and Jon Berti are better served in utility roles.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. came up as a shortstop, but his defensive metrics are better at second base. No. 6 prospect Jacob Amaya is at Triple-A Jacksonville and has yet to make his MLB debut, and No. 18 prospect Nasim Nuñez, who was named SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game MVP, is a glove-first shortstop at Double-A Pensacola.
"We think he's athletic enough to do it," Schumaker said of Edwards. "Now, [we're] just trying to figure out if he can do it. During this point of the season, we're trying to win this year. Don't get me wrong -- like the goal is to get to the playoffs -- but also in the future, what does our team look like heading into next year?
"Are there certain guys on our team that are everyday players that we can build around? Are there platoon guys? Are there guys that are going to fill in? Are they coming back next year? Who do we want back? So there's a lot of thought behind who we're working out and where we're working them out at, and X is one of them, and seeing what he can provide at short, because we know he can hit, and we know he can run. So let's see what he can do over there."