Asche has been a topic of hot discussion since last year. After tearing up Clearwater and continuing to produce following a promotion to Reading, many concluded Asche was on the cusp of being ready. For that reason, the Phillies sought only a short-term solution at third base in the off-season, trading for Michael Young, who will have his contract expire at the end of the season. After his call-up the other day, many speculated Young was all but gone. While that never came to fruition, it is clear the club is ready to look to the future, and possibly move Young through waivers.
Asche, a fourth round draft pick in 2011, has quickly climbed through the system. After a slow start in Williamsport during his first year of pro-ball, Asche burst out in 2012, covering two levels. After getting a short look at Asche in Spring Training, he was sent to Lehigh Valley to continue his development, and he did just that. In 104 games at AAA, Asche hit .295 with fifteen home runs and 68 RBI's, earning his shot with the big club.
Asche will make his first start tonight and with it should usher in a the next era of Phillies third basemen. Look for Asche to contribute in the near future, as he is a very promising 23 year-old. We wish him well, as he is the Broad Street Beat's favorite young Phillies player. Go get em Cody!
By: Kyle Babcock
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