After Wednesday’s trade that sent Michael Foltynewicz to Atlanta, Asher Wojciechowski is now hands-down the toughest name to pronounce in the Astros farm system. Foltynewicz on the move also opens the door for Wojciechowski as a possibility for the final spot in the rotation entering the 2015 season.
The 6’4″ righty has spent time in Triple-A the past two seasons, pitching well in 2013, to the tune of a 3.56 ERA. Wojciechowski suffered a strained lat in spring training last season, which caused him to miss the first half of the 2014 campaign. Upon returning, he went 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA with Oklahoma City. If he hadn’t have been hurt, Collin McHugh may not have received the call to the big leagues in April, but that’s just speculation.
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MLB Pipeline has this to say, “Wojciechowski throws his fastball in the low 90s, using both sides of the plate well. He mixes it with a slider and changeup, both of which are average offerings. He lacks a true out pitch, limiting his ceiling, but he does a good job of throwing strikes with all of his pitches and does a lot of little things well to help him succeed.”
To elaborate a little more on the righty, ScoutingBook.com has this to say, “Asher Wojciechowski is a strong, solid pitcher whose 94mph fastball comes with some nice natural sink. His secondary pitches need work, of course, but he’s already impressing scouts with his overall gamesmanship and baseball skills. A hard worker with plus smarts, Wojo’s been getting a lot of hard second looks from scouts.”
At 26, this spring could be Wojciechowski’s best shot at making the big-league club. If it were up to me, he would get the longest look out of any of the fifth starter hopefuls in Kissimmee, but Eric has a post planned for this afternoon that is going to argue for a different candidate. Come back and check out who he thinks could be the Astros’ fifth starter.
Also, for those are still wondering how to pronounce his name, it’s wo-jo-HOW-ski.