After the 2013 MiLB season, Cody Asche was a consensus top 10 prospect in the Phillies farm system. By 2017, Asche’s major league career was over, following parts of five major league seasons, four of which were spent with the Phillies.
Now, Asche will return to the organization that once selected him the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft in a different capacity. Only 30, Asche will serve as hitting coach for the Low-A Clearwater Threshers at the Phillies spring training home field, Baycare Ballpark, according to Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
For his career with the Phillies, Asche batted .240 with a .684 OPS, splitting time between third base and left field. Asche was granted free agency after the 2016 season. He signed with the Chicago White Sox that offseason, but hit just .105 in what proved to be the final 57 at-bats of his major league career.
After 2017, Asche floundered. He signed minor-league contracts with the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, but never reached the big leagues again. Asche’s playing career ended after a short stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League in 2019.
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