Asche, the Phillies leading third base prospect, played in eight games, going 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles, two walks and two strikeouts. Meanwhile, Joseph, a catching prospect acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the Hunter Pence deal last year, was 6-for-13 (.462) in six games with the Phillies and produced two doubles, a home run and two RBI.
Baseball-Reference.com has developed a rating system to determine the level of talent that a particular hitter or pitcher faced during spring training. According to their formula, Tommy Joseph rated an eight, meaning that he faced solid Triple-A level pitchers overall. Asche rated a 7.7, meaning the quality level of pitchers he faced was just under that of Triple-A pitchers.
|Tommy Joseph had an impressive spring in major league camp, but was never an option to make the club out of spring training. Instead, he'll start the season either at Lehigh Valley or Reading, with a call-up later in the season an option for the Phillies. (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)|
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. seemed to indicate that both Asche and Joseph will be at Triple-A this season, although over the winter, Director of Player Development Joe Jordan told Philly Baseball Insider that he thought Asche would likely return to Double-A Reading to start the season. Neither Asche or Joseph has played above Double-A ball.
Charlie Manuel explained to reporters that he thought both players were more advanced than he thought they would be this spring and that they left an impression on him and the rest of the coaching staff. Manuel also was pleasantly surprised by Martin, Morgan and Pettibone.