While there was almost no doubt that Michael Young would not be a member of the Philadelphia Phillies come the July 31 trade deadline, it is very possible that Young will have found himself a new team before tonight’s game as the Phillies have announced the promotion of Cody Asche.
The 23-year-old Asche, who was drafted in 2011 and who just made his debut with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in April, was always expected to be the third baseman of the future for this organization. When the team signed Young in the offseason, it wasn’t to show there was a lack of confidence in Asche, but rather to give him that vital first taste of Triple-A to continue to develop.
And Asche has done just that.
In the confines of Coca Cola Park, considered a pitcher’s paradise, Asche has hit a career-high 15 home runs. His power, which has been an added bonus, has come along this season. Since the month of June, he has really gotten hot and has begun to break out the way the Phillies had hoped. He had four home runs in June, bested only by the seven he has hit in 24 games in July.
On the season, Asche has hit to the line of .295/.352/.485 and has been an extra base machine, as 43 of his 119 hits have been doubles (24), triples (4) or home runs (15). He also has 11 stolen bases, 52 runs and 68 RBIs.
Asche is ready to make his debut and it really is about time. Considering that the Phillies are no longer contenders, getting rid of Young and promoting the player of the future in Asche is the smartest move the organization can make at this point.