The Philadelphia Phillies made a move heard all around the city today, calling up minor league third baseman Cody Asche.
Many believed Asche was called up because Michael Young was most likely to be traded. However, Young will only accept a trade if it would send him to the Texas Rangers. If he is not moved, the veteran will still be getting time at third base with Asche coming up.
Asche is not in the Phillies’ lineup tonight. Charlie Manuel has said that it is possible he could get the start in the game tomorrow night. He could see time between third base and the outfield. Manuel just wants to get him big league experience.
Down in Triple-A this season, he was hitting .295 with 68 RBIs along with 15 home runs. He could have some speed on the basepaths as well as he has stolen 11 bases.
Asche had made an appearance with the Phillies this spring in Clearwater. In eight Spring Training games, he had an average of .357. He had 14 at-bats and had gotten five hits, two of those being doubles. It seems like the youngster could certainly bring offense to the Phillies’ lineup.
The prospect was selected by Philadelphia in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft in the fourth round. Entering this season, Asche is generally ranked around ninth among the Phillies’ prospects. Hopefully, he can make a statement here in the big leagues. If he does, he could certainly be the third baseman of the future for Philadelphia.