The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. Who do they want to play where? That includes third baseman Cody Asche. Did he do enough during the time that he had to earn the spot next season?
He unfortunately did not get the opportunity in the last game of the season to show manager Ryne Sandberg one more time what talent he has. He was hit early on in the chin and had to be taken out of the game. What he did in August and September would help determine his position for next season.
Asche took a little bit of time to get settled at the plate, which is normal for rookies. In 50 games, he managed to get 38 hits. Asche managed to get 22 RBIs, which I don’t think is half bad for someone who only played for two months. He had five home runs, which is one less than Jimmy Rollins and tied Carlos Ruiz. Those are supposed to be star players and they played almost every day.
I would say Asche deserves to keep his position. Ashe finished the season with an average of .235. That could have been better if he had the opportunity play all season.
Ashe is a great defensive player. He is not afraid to get his uniform dirty. He goes after every ball hit to him even if he can’t get to it. He may have made five errors during his stint, but he will continue to get better over time. Those numbers will decrease.
Asche is only 23-years old. He has a lot to learn, but he will learn by playing. He won’t learn by going backwards. He deserves that third base position. He did a great job filling in for the last two months of the season. Who knows what he could do for a full season. It would be fun to watch.