Posts Tagged ‘Cody Asche’

Following The 40: Off-season Primer

October 12th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Off-season Primer | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

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As the Phillies off-season begins, the first order of business was to pair down the roster to 40 players including ones that would be coming off of injured status. Earlier last week, the Phillies outrighted Justin De Fratus (who recently elected free agency), Jonathan Pettibone, Adam Loewen, Ken Roberts, Erik Kratz, Jordan Danks, and Chase d’Arnaud. The roster currently stands at forty, but with a strong likelihood that Cliff Lee, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, Brian Bogusevic, Jeff Francoeur, and Andres Blanco all head to free agency.

Francoeur and Blanco are expected to be asked to return, but will both certainly be given offers with other clubs. Domonic Brown may have seen his last inning as a Phillie as he has a very strong chance of being non-tendered a contract. Jesse Biddle and David Buchanan are both likely to be outrighted in the near future due to their respective injury statuses. That sets the Phillies at 30 players.

Whoever the next General Manager may be, while they have the resources, there probably won’t be any huge splashes for 2016. In fact, the Phillies acquisitions will most likely be role players and players coming off of injury looking to establish value. The rotation will most likely consist of Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Adam Morgan as pitchers three thru five with Alec Asher and Severino Gonzalez given opportunities.

Matt Harrison, whom the Phillies acquired at the trade deadline in the Cole Hamels deal, could also be an option if he is healthy enough to compete. The Phillies could also add from within with Zach Eflin and Ben Lively as potential candidates. My personal targets for the Phillies to add from free agency: Mat Latos or Doug Fister.

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield

October 25th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Next up in the series is the corner infield positions. What should the Phillies do at the hot corner? Can the Phillies do anything with Ryan Howard? There’s definitely depth at the major league level, but who is the right man for the job? I’m still playing GM and keeping a running tally of the moves and roster spots being taken both in my vision and my counterpart’s. If you’re even remotely intrigued and/or agree with my overhaul, click past the jump to see where I’m going this week. (more…)

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Explaining Cody Asche’s struggles this season

April 30th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Explaining Cody Asche’s struggles this season | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The Phillies’ young, 23-year-old third baseman Cody Asche has seen his fair share of struggles thus far this season, and the learning curve for him appears to be in full effect going forward.

Asche’s in his second season with the team after being promoted from AAA Lehigh last July, on the 30th. Cody put forth a solid effort with Lehigh last year, eventually earning himself a spot on the IL team (Class AAA International League) in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Prior to his promotion to the Major League level, he was batting a solid .295, with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs to boot. He would go on to be named the team’s Player of the Month for the month of July. The Phillies’ upper management decided to call him up in order to give him an extended look at playing third base, particularly to compare him to fellow third baseman Maikel Franco, the latter of which is currently with Lehigh; filling in for Asche. 

Even if Franco ends up becoming a star; all while overshadowing and making Philadelphia fans forget about Asche; if the latter doesn’t succeed in his Major League career, Asche is a piece that could remain in the organization nonetheless. This of course depends upon his willingness to be liberal; in trying new approaches at the plate, field, or within a new position on the field, given it comes down to that.

The team doesn’t have as much depth in positional spots like they did a few years ago when they had a successful blend of young stars and veterans yearning for a championship ring.

Asche somehow won a spot on the team out of Spring Training this past season over Franco, despite only hitting a meager .170 in Spring Training. In Spring Training he was tied for the team lead in home runs and RBIs with 3 and 8, respectively. Thus, it’s assumed that the team considering that fact, as well as the lack of depth at third base coming into this year, when determining whether or not he’d make the club. Apparently they saw something in him that his batting average didn’t.

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As Spring Training Begins, Phils Fans Wonder What the Summer Will Bring

February 12th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on As Spring Training Begins, Phils Fans Wonder What the Summer Will Bring | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

In Philadelphia and South Jersey, we’re still dealing with freezing temperatures and bracing for yet another winter storm. In Florida, afternoon temps are in the 60s and 70s.

Here, Flyers fans are eager for the Olympic break to end to see if the guys in orange and black can continue their recent surge over the final quarter of the season, while Sixers fans – having seen Brett Brown’s club drop seven straight games, the last two of them by 40-plus points – are just waiting for the NBA’s draft lottery. Down in the Sunshine State, meanwhile, Phillies fans are making their annual migration to Clearwater to watch their favorite team get ready for a 2014 season that will start with even more questions than usual. Among them:

philliesAre they too old and will they stay healthy? It’s not true that the ballpark in South Philly has been renamed Senior Citizens Bank Park, but most of the questions about the Phils’ roster are related to the fact that many of the players being counted on are in their mid-30s, which is twilight time for the majority of Major League ballplayers. Only the New York Yankees are expected to have an older opening-day starting lineup.

First baseman Ryan Howard is 34 and hasn’t been completely healthy since the end of the 2011 season, when he suffered an Achilles tear in the at-bat that ended the Phils’ last trip to the post-season. Knee and calf issues followed, along with a drop in Howard’s power numbers. Middle infielders Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are both 35; Utley’s knees held up better than expected in 2013, but can he be counted on again this year? Rollins hit just .252 last season, with a mere six home runs and 39 runs batted in. (Maybe new bench coach Larry Bowa will light a fire under Rollins.) Catcher Carlos Ruiz is 35, newly reacquired outfielder Marlon Byrd is 36 and non-roster spring-training invitee Bobby Abreu will be 40 in March. Pitchers Cliff Lee and Mike Adams are no kids, either. More on them later.

How will Domonic Brown perform in 2014? The 26-year-old Brown was the National League Player of the Month last May, when he slugged 12 homers, and was named an NL All-Star in July. He cooled off in the second half of the season and had trouble staying healthy, but still put up some pretty decent numbers for the year: 27 HRs, 83 RBI, .272. He’ll have to do at least that well – maybe better – for the Phillies to have a shot at contending in 2014.

Is Cody Asche ready to be the everyday third baseman? After veteran Michael Young was sent packing last summer, the job was handed to the 23-year-old Asche for the remainder of the season, and – though inconsistent – he showed he has some talent. In 50 games, Asche hit .235 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in, but had a rough September. Still, the job is his to lose.

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Being Setup To Fail……Or Worse

January 14th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Being Setup To Fail……Or Worse | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
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Which road will the Phils take…

The last viable third base prospect the Phillies had could arguably be Scott Rolen. So, for the Phillies to have Cody Asche ready and Maikel Franco in the wings is a coup for this franchise. The last couple of months, we’ve heard talk of moving Asche off of third to make room for Franco. Or moving Franco to first and keeping Asche at third. While the long-term hot corner helmer may not be decided, I don’t see it as a decision that will be made in 2014. In fact, I don’t think Asche has any reason to look over his shoulder AT ALL.

Even if the Dominican Winter League Playoffs ended today for the Gigantes, Maikel Franco will have played in 181 games during the 2013-2014 baseball season. He’d have accumulated 737 plate appearances, which is roughly 20 more than Red Sox second baseman, and league leader, Dustin Pedroia. Even if Franco has already played his last game in the Dominican, it gives him just about a month to recuperate before Spring Training begins. While players will never admit it, being worn down to extremes not only leads to ineffectiveness, it could also lead to injury.

So while 2014 may not feature Maikel Franco, or new claims of glory, remember how you feel right before leaving to go on vacation and how you desperately deserve this break. Franco WILL be apart of the next core. I just don’t think their time has come.

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2013 AmyMac Awards

October 10th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2013 AmyMac Awards | Filed in General, Phillies, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
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Well, folks, we all know what October means: postseason baseball.  And for those of us in the City of Brotherly Love whose team isn’t participating (again) this year, it’s time for some awards.

Best First Career Home Run   Cody Asche

Saving Grace   Domonic Brown (specifically, in the month of May)

Biggest Reason for My Heart to Break into Pieces   Watching Roy Halladay struggle

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Sure, We Love Chip and the Eagles … But the Phillies Are Still Worth Watching Too!

September 13th, 2013 by Jim Chesko | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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Yes, football season is here, and thanks to an amazing first-half offensive onslaught that carried the Eagles to a season-opening win over the host Washington Redskins, most Birds’ fans are ready to proclaim rookie head coach Chip Kelly the new Vince Lombardi.

So the question is: Are you still keeping tabs on the Phillies? (Remember them? The baseball team?) If you’re a die-hard Phils fan, there’s actually a good bit of intrigue to the final few weeks of this disappointing 2013 season. Among the key issues that may or may not become clearer between now and Sept. 29:

Is Ryne Sandberg the right manager for this team going forward? Well, that will be up to General Manager Ruben Amaro to decide, but with the team showing significantly more life since Sandberg succeeded Charlie Manuel last month and a 14-11 record (through Wednesday), the guess is that the Hall of Famer has almost certainly earned the job on a full-time basis. Of course, if the Angels fire Mike Sciosca after the season and he wants to return to his Philly-area roots, that could complicate the decision for Amaro.

Has Carlos Ruiz earned another season in Philly? Around Aug. 1, it seemed like a sure bet that “Chooch’s” days as a Phillie were numbered. But Ruiz has really picked things up over the past six weeks or so offensively (batting well over .300 in that time, with some renewed power as well), and his handling of the pitching staff has always been a major positive. So, the odds have improved greatly that he’ll be back for at least one more year. But keep an eye on that situation over the rest of September,

What will the Phillies’ bullpen look like next year? Amaro’s vow to improve the team’s 7th and 8th inning relief corps last offseason didn’t work out so well, and closer Jonathan Papelbon has been less reliable since July 1, so the performance of guys like Jake Diekman and B.J. Rosenberg here in September will go a long way to Amaro’s thought process about the Phils’ 2014 bullpen. Rosenberg looked pretty comfortable in finishing off the Braves on Sunday for his first save. Just sayin’.

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