Justin Edgar: The next J.T. Snow?

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May 11, 2015

At a young age, De Anza first baseman Justin Edgar fell in love with the game of baseball. At 5, Edgar said that his father taught him how to pitch, hit, and throw.
Between the ages of 5 and 12, Edgar played little league in Campbell. Growing up, Edgar joined several travel teams and always made the roster for the local all-star teams.
Edgar attended Westmont High School in Campbell and made the varsity baseball team all four years. He was granted second All-American as a junior and first All-American his senior year in 2012.
The nickname Beaver was  invented by multiple teammates who played with Edgar, and since then the nickname stuck.
“More people know me as ‘Beaver’ than my actual name,” Edgar said.
As an up and coming baseball player, Edgar looked up to many major league players such as Barry Bonds and J.T. Snow who played for the San Francisco Giants.
“I wore my socks high like him,” Edgar said. “I even wore number six because of him and he’s a lefty too, like me.”
JT Snow was a huge influence in Edgar’s life as he also plays first base on many occasions when not pitching.
Edgar’s main influence was his father, who graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School and also played varsity baseball while attending. “I guess you can say baseball is in my blood,” Edgar said.
Now in his twenties, Edgar started off playing at West Valley College in Saratoga hoping for a first baseman spot but came up short.
“That’s baseball; it has lots of failure,” Edgar said “But you gotta get through it.”
Entering his second year, Edgar transferred to De Anza with high hopes of making the team as the starting first baseman. Edgar red shirted his first year at De Anza to get bigger and better for the upcoming season.
Now that the 2015 season has started, Edgar has been creating many opportunities for the Dons as their starting first baseman. As well as pitching games, Edgar has become one of De Anza’s better power hitters and overall players.