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Cody Asche was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after spring training, but now he's getting a chance to show what he can do in Philadelphia.
Asche, a 2011 draft pick for the Phillies, fast-tracked his way to the big leagues after hitting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, according to Baseball-Reference.
The 23-year-old has hit for a high average and shown decent power at every stop on his three-year trip through the minor leagues. Micky Morandini, Asche's former manager with the Lakewood Blue Claws, told Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that Asche has what it takes to make it at the next level.
"The strength of Cody was his mentality...He can drive the ball and hit left-handed pitching. I think he's going to be pretty good."
The one drawback to making Asche the everyday third baseman next season is that he is another left-handed bat in a lineup that could include as many as seven of them, depending on the day's starting pitcher.
Though he is currently slotted in at third base, Asche's future with the team could be at one of the middle infield spots. With Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins approaching the ends of their respective careers, Asche could be the perfect replacement, especially with another third base prospect right on his heels.