The Philadelphia Phillies are mostly a veteran team. Their infield consists of a 34 and two 35-year-olds. Third baseman Cody Asche is just 23-years old and is just starting out his career. What can he bring to the Phillies in 2014?
Asche was not expected to play for the Phillies last season. He got his playing time when Michael Young was traded. Asche surprised everyone with his ability to play the field along with his hitting. He finished the season with a .235 average. That may not seem high, but remember he did only play less than half of the season. In the 50 games he played, Asche hit five home runs and had 22 RBIs. He made sure to contribute to his team and show why he deserves to play.
Asche is expected to be the starting third baseman come April. Having the opportunity to play a full season will certainly help his bat and confidence. He may not turn into a power hitter, but Asche will be one to depend on to drive in runs with base hits. Maybe the power will come with time.
I believe that with Asche being one of the youngest players out on the field, he is going to have a productive season. He just cannot get intimated by the veterans surrounding him and learn to be his own player. Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley can certainly teach Asche with their expertise.
Asche has a lot of expectations to fulfill. I believe he can achieve them and continue to be the Phillies’ third baseman of the future.