Asher Wojciechowski

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Randall Asher Wojciechowski

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Asher Wojciechowski was the 41st overall pick for the Toronto Blue Jays at the 2010 Amateur Draft. He was their final selection on Day 1 of the draft. The righty was ranked 22nd overall by Baseball America before the Draft.

Wojciechowski has pitched for the USA College National Team. He had a good year pitching for The Citadel; in 17 starts he went 12-3 and tied a school record for wins in a season. He led the NCAA Division I with 155 K's in 125 2/3 innings and was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year. Wojciechowski majored in business administration at college. In high school, he earned three letters in baseball and one letter in football and received All-Region honors in baseball.

He throws a fastball that can hit 94 mph with slight movement, and also has a slider that can average around 83 mph. He occasionally throws a change-up. Scouts think he can be used as a starter for now, and that he may have a future as a reliever.

Wojciechowski signed with the Jays and made his pro debut with the Auburn Doubledays on June 22, 2010. He allowed just one earned run in his first three outings before going on the disabled list in July. He only made 3 starts in his first season, with no record but an excellent 0.75 ERA in 12 innings. In 2011, he was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A Florida State League, where he was 11-9 with a 4.70 ERA in 25 games, pitching 130 1/3 innings. He returned to Dunedin to start 2012 and improved to 7-3, 3.57 over his first 18 starts. On July 20th, he was sent to the Houston Astros as part of a 10-player blockbuster trade. he went 2-2, 2.06 in 8 starts for the Corpus Christi Hooks after the trade to finish at 9-5, 3.09.

In 2013, Asher started the season at Corpus Christi, going 2-1, 2.08 in 6 games, then earned a promotion to AAA with the Oklahoma City RedHawks, where he was 9-7, 3.56. His combined record was a solid 11-8, 3.32 in 28 games, including 24 starts, with 133 hits allowed in 160 innings and 131 strikeouts. The Astros were a dreadful last-place team that season, setting a franchise record for losses, but did not call up the 24-year-old prospect. In 2014, the Astros were an improved ballclub, but Wojciechowski spent the whole season at Oklahoma City because an injury limited him to 15 games, in which he went 4-4, 4.74. Once again, he was not called up when rosters expanded in September.

Asher finally made the Astros' starting rotation out of spring training in 2015, his major league debut coming in a start against the Cleveland Indians on April 9th. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings, while his opponent Trevor Bauer and three Cleveland relievers kept his teammates from getting a hit until the 9th and was charged with a 5-1 loss. He went 0-1, 7.15 in 5 games (3 starts), then spent all of 2016 in the minors.

In 2017, Asher got an extended opportunity to show what he could do with the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched 25 times, including 8 starts, and went 4-3, 6.50. He was a winner in his first outing of the season, on May 20th, giving up just 1 hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief against the Colorado Rockies. However, the rest of the year was more shaky, and by September, he was mainly confined to mop-up relief. he was back in the minors in 2018 and started the next season in the Cleveland Indians organization before the Baltimore Orioles, who were desperate for any kind of pitching, purchased his contract on July 1, 2019. He was inserted in the starting rotation and after losses in his first three starts, he had a great outing on July 21st, when he limited the Boston Red Sox to 1 hit in 7 1/3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 10. he combined with Paul Fry and Mychal Givens on a one-hitter in a 5-0 win.


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