Phillies Minor League Focus: 3B Cody Asche

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

ImageIt has been a revolving door at the hot-corner for Philadelphia ever since Scott Rolen unceremoniously worked his way out of town in 2002. The team has gotten by with veterans like David Bell, Pedro Feliz, and Placido Polanco for the better part of a decade. Finally, the franchise has a young talent who should be able to fill the spot for the next decade.

A former University of Nebraska standout, Cody Asche was the Phillies’ fourth round pick in the June, 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. The 22-year old struggled in his first big league season in 2011, hitting below the Mendoza-line whilst contributing just 2 home runs and 19 RBI in 68 games. Improvement was necessary, and Asche set out that offseason to prove that he belonged.

In 2012, the O’Fallon, MO native shined bright like the future star many project him to become. Asche finished second in the Florida State League in batting (.349), 17th in OBP (.378), and 19th in OPS (.825). In just 62 games, Asche turned himself into one of the top prospects in the Phillies organization and earned a call up to AA Reading on June 23rd.

Following his promotion, Asche, like many young players, struggled to find his groove. The former Cornhusker began his Reading career 1-18. In fact, the numbers in his first 24 games painted him as a player who just was not up to speed in AA ball. That all turned around on July 20th.

On that day, Asche went 3-5 (his first three hit game with Reading) with a home run and two RBI as the Phillies defeated the Trenton Thunder, 8-3. From that point on, Asche would go on a monumental tear. Cementing himself in Reading for the 2013 season, Asche went .346-10-42 in the second half of the season. With this new found confidence, the youngster finished the year batting .300 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in just 68 games.

Overall, between both Clearwater and Reading, Asche finished 2012 batting .324-12-72. Numbers like that do not come around all that often, especially when one considers the trials and tribulations that Asche had to battle through when he began his Reading career a paltry 1-18.

As the Phillies look towards the future, there is at least one position that has a capable replacement. When the Michael Young ‘era comes to an end in Philadelphia, expect to see young Cody Asche filling the spot and manning the position where the greatest Phillie of all time, Mike Schmidt, stood for years.


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