Scouting Phils Prospect #7: Cody Asche

Cody Asche turned a horrible 2011 season into a breakout year for himself in 2012. Now, he's squarely in the discussion to be a part of the future of the Phillies infield.

Cody Asche

Position: Third Base
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Birthday/Age: June 30, 1990 (22)
Ht/Wt: 6' 1", 180 pounds

How he became a Phillie: Drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft out of the University of Nebraska.

Cody Asche's league comparisons

STATS

Florida State LEAGUE AVERAGES ASCHE'S FSL NUMBERS EASTERN LEAGUE 

AVERAGES

ASCHE'S EL NUMBERS
AVG .255 .349 .260 .300
OBP .326 .378 .330 .360
SLG .373 .447 .392 .513
PA/HR 66.2 135.0 51.1 28.9
PA/RBI 9.5 10.8 9.5 6.1
PA/R 8.6 8.7 8.7 6.9
K/BB 2.2 3.1 2.2 2.5
PA/GIDP 58.1 67.5 46.8 96.3

Defense: This is where Asche fails the superstar test. If you're willing to be polite and give him the benefit of the doubt, you can say that his defensive skills are average. He's improved on them somewhat, but still has a way to go before he would actually be considered a good defensive player. On the plus side, he's improved enough that the Phillies can pencil him in as a third baseman and not really have to worry about moving him around to avoid his defense being an issue. Down the road, he might be a candidate to learn first base or possibly a corner outfield position, but for now, he's pretty well locked in at third.

Scouting Report: While Asche had a horrendous professional debut at Williamsport in 2011, he was able to put everything together last season and put up impressive enough numbers to put himself into the upper levels of the Phillies prospect radar. Considering that he went from being a .192 hitter at Williamsport to being skipped over Lakewood and posting big numbers at Clearwater in 2012, speaks volumes about the hard work that Asche has put into his game. After his success at Clearwater, the Phillies moved him along again last season, putting him at Reading for the remainder of the season, where he also put up nice numbers.

While Asche has a good eye at the plate, he'll sometimes swing through pitches that he should be able to make contact on, which holds him back slightly. He has natural power, but likely isn't going to win any home run titles. Instead, his swing allows him to generate some power, but also hit for a pretty decent average. It's not at all out of the question to compare him to current Phillies third baseman Michael Young. Both players have similar skills, although Asche might have a very slight power advantage, while Young would have a very slight advantage in hitting for average.

One deceptive part of Asche's game is his speed. While he's not going to win stolen base titles, he can swipe a bag here and there and has good baserunning instincts that allow him to grab an extra base in most spots. He was successful on 11 of 14 stolen base attempts in 2012.

Ceiling: The jury is still out on just how good Asche can be. The potential is there for him to turn into a Chase Utley type hitter - when Utley was in his prime - but that seems like a stretch at this point. He certainly has the skills to play everyday in the majors and should continue to improve. Keep in mind that he won't turn 23 until June and that he is only coming into his second season with a full-season minor league team. He's had the ability to move very quickly and handled the double-jump last season and figures to handle a move to Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. Initially, it was thought that Asche might start the year at Reading, but with his performance in big league camp, he likely will find himself playing as an IronPig when opening day arrives.

ETA: Since he needs more time in the minors, it was no surprise that Asche was sent back to minor league camp. If he puts up big enough numbers, he could find himself with the Phillies later this season if anything were to happen to Young. Sometime before the end of the season, the Phillies will need to consider whether they want to sign Young to an extension or let him walk in order to potentially clear a spot for Asche in 2014. There's plenty of time to decide that, but if Asche's game continues to improve, he could put his name at the top of the depth chart for the Phillies third base job next season.

Cody Asche's career stats

YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLG
2011Williamsport682391446110219032450.192.273.264
2012Clearwater6225531891332251021237.349.378.447
2012Reading6826342792031047112256.300.360.513
2012combined stats1305187316833612721133493.324.369.481
2 Seasons19875787214446149111658143.283.338.412
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Generated 3/16/2013.



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