Satisfied with Cody Asche’s transition from third baseman to left fielder the Phillies have recalled him from Triple-A.
Asche spent about three weeks in the minors, hitting .295 with one homer and a .752 OPS in 15 games while learning a new position. In his absence prospect Maikel Franco took over as the Phillies’ starting third baseman and he’ll remain there while Asche moves to the outfield.
Asche’s return likely means less playing time for Ben Revere, who had been starting in left field every day after ceding center field to Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera. Revere could also play right field, where Grady Sizemore has been very unproductive, but several reports recently have said the Phillies are shopping Revere anyway.
As for Asche, the offensive bar is even higher in left field than it was at third base and so far he’s hit just .247 with 17 homers and a .686 OPS in 201 games for the Phillies. Moving to a new position was important because it opened up a spot for Franco, but Asche also needs to start hitting to remain in the team’s long-term plans.
Domonic Brown has been down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on an injury rehab assignment. He has hit poorly on his assignment, but was eligible to come off the assignment today. Brown told reporters that he expected to be back in Philly when he did. Ryne Sandberg didn’t like it too much.
But whether it was based on his performance or on his comments, know that he will not be heading to Philadelphia. The Phillies just activated him and then optioned him to Triple-A.
Brown, who some people still talk about as if he’s some rising prospect for some reason, is 27-years-old and has 1,544 major league plate appearances. He was an All-Star who hit 27 homers in 2013, but regressed greatly last year and began this year on the DL with an achilles injury.
Now he’s in the minors again. While guys like Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur take hacks in Philly.
Phillies left fielder Ben Revere has turned himself into quite the power hitter. After ending a streak of 1,466 homerless at-bats to begin his major league career, Revere homered at the end of May last year against Boone Logan. He added a second towards the end of the season against Rafael Soriano, which was the final straw that motivated the Nationals to take him out of the closer’s role.
The Phillies played their first home game of the season on Friday night, an exhibition game against the Pirates. The Phillies entered the bottom of the ninth inning behind 5-4, but a Cesar Hernandez lead-off double and a throwing error by catcher Tony Sanchez on an Andres Blanco sacrifice bunt caused the game to knot up at 5-5. After Grady Sizemore flied out and Odubel Herrera struck out, the Phillies appeared to be squandering a great opportunity. Then Revere stepped to the plate.
The game, of course, doesn’t count for anything so Revere will enter the 2015 season still sitting on two career home runs. Pity.