Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 19, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0
As part of our weekly spring training series, Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is back once again to check in, directly from spring training in Clearwater, FL.
A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phillies organization. Last year, the 22-year-old, in his first full professional season, tallied a .324 batting average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche followed that up with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, then went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two doubles in eight big league spring games this year.
In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche talks about the change in attendance going from big league camp back to the minors, bonding with people on Twitter, his ties with teammates from his draft class and plenty more.
On the topic of playing in front of minimal crowds with the minors in spring training, compared to the large crowds that the big league team has been drawing this spring…
It’s just not the same the first time going out there (after returning from big league camp). You kind of just know, that’s part of spring training, being on the minor league side. You know, you’re out there doing your thing. It’s really not something you worry about when you’re down there. Not me anyway. I never get caught up in that. I mean, I love playing in front of big crowds and what not, but, the first game I played back over there, I felt my mind wandering a little bit, but I snapped myself out of that real quick. You can’t sit there and sulk and keep dwelling on what it was like and stuff like that. You just have to go out there and stick to your work. That’s the tough part about the minor leagues, you gotta look beyond that kind of stuff and just keep working and find a way to do what you’ve got to do. Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 5: Asche Bonds with Teammates and Fans