Still just 28 years of age, Asche was once one of the more well-regarded prospects in the Phillies’ system and viewed as a possible long-term piece in the organization. Back in 2013, Asche clobbered Triple-A pitching at a .295/.352/.485 clip as a 23-year-old and found himself promoted to the big leagues for the season’s final two months. The 2011 fourth-round pick sandwiched a highly productive stretch (.299/.364/.504 over 33 games) between a pair of slumps during that debut campaign, creating some hope that he’d establish himself the following season.
Unfortunately, that never came to be. Asche’s OPS in each of his first three MLB seasons sat between .689 and .699, and by the time the Phillies eventually cut bait on the once-promising third baseman in 2016, he’d amassed a .240/.298/.385 line in nearly 1300 MLB plate appearances. Asche received a brief look with the White Sox in 2017 but couldn’t get his bat going in a new setting either. He split the 2018 campaign between the Triple-A affiliates for the Yankees and Mets but slumped to the worst minor league performance of his career.
Despite last year’s poor results in Triple-A, Asche is still a career .275/.352/.469 hitter in parts of six seasons at that level. He’ll be one of several former big leaguers on the Skeeters roster in 2019, as the Sugar Land club’s roster also includes James Loney, Alec Asher, Mark Lowe, Ryan Schimpf, Felipe Paulino and Jean Machi, among others.