Today, around the noon hour, word was going around on Twitter that the Philadelphia Phillies had called up Cody Asche to the big league club. That news was true and the Phillies did promote the third baseman Asche to the big league club. To make room on the roster for him, they designated outfielder Steve Susdorf for assignment.
With this move happening, many Phillies fans are wondering if third baseman Michael Young will be traded. So far today, Young has not been traded and is in tonight’s starting lineup. The writing was on the wall that Asche was going to be called up sometime before the season was over, but many fans just didn’t know it was going to happen this early in the season. The move does draw questions however, as it comes just one day before the trade deadline.
Asche helped his status of being called up by hitting two home runs last night against Pawtucket. But with Asche finally with the big league squad, this means that the Phillies are slowly looking toward the future.
CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies insider Jim Salisbury said that “Phillies officials want to get him regular playing time at the position.” Salisbury is talking about Asche at the third base position. Many Phillies fans are excited about Asche coming up because it shows an era ending and a new era beginning.
Asche, who is 23 years old, spent this season with the Phillies Triple-A club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Against Triple-A talent, he has been playing well, hitting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs. Asche also has some speed on the base paths as he has also stolen 11 bases. Asche, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft has flown through the Phillies minor league system.
In 2011 with the Williamsport Crosscutters, Asche hit .192 in 68 games with only two home runs and 19 RBIs. But from that point on, Asche has taken off, especially in his 2012 season where he split time between the Clearwater Threshers and Reading Phillies. With Clearwater, his batting average soared to .349 and he was also starting to use his speed: he had 10 stolen bases. Then, he was promoted to Reading, where Phillies fans started to take notice of who he was.
With Reading, his batting average was .300, plus his power numbers started to increase with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. From that point on, Phillies fans were starting to take notice and wanted Asche called up to Philadelphia.
Today, fans got that wish as Asche became a Philadelphia Phillie. It’s a very big step for the young third baseman, who is only 23 years old as I mentioned before.
The questions are now when will Asche get his first start, when will he get his first hit, and when will he make his first play defensively? All those questions will be answered this season, most likely. But the future is here now for the Phillies and Asche is now a part of the young new core that the Phillies are creating. We all remember the core that was created years ago with Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley and we’ve seen that core win a World Series back in 2008.
Asche is now a part of a new young core that includes Domonic Brown, Jonathan Pettibone, Darin Ruf, and possibly down the road Maikel Franco, Jesse Biddle, and Tommy Joseph. If Asche can be the cornerstone at third base for many years to come then he has the possibility to be a Gold Glover, a Rookie of the Year, and just maybe an All-Star.
But that part of this story is yet to be told, as Phillies fans hope for better days to come and it all starts with the promotion of Cody Asche.