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July 11, 1967 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 10, 1991 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 14, 2004 for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned run average||4.12|
|Career highlights and awards|
Andrew Jason Ashby (born July 11, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He batted and threw right-handed.
Ashby attended Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri and played baseball at Crowder College. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 1986 by the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom he made his major league debut in 1991. On June 15, 1991, Ashby struck out three batters on nine pitches in the fourth inning of a 3–1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds; Ashby became the 15th National League pitcher and the 24th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning. He was acquired by the Colorado Rockies in the 1993 expansion draft, but after compiling an 0–4 record with an 8.50 ERA, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres at the end of the season.
Despite injuries to his shoulder, elbow and back, Ashby saw the greatest success of his career with the Padres. His most productive season came in 1998, when he helped the Padres reach the World Series with a 17–9 record and a 3.34 ERA. He was also a member of the 1998 and 1999 National League All-Star team. In eight seasons with the Padres, Ashby compiled a 70–62 record with a 3.59 ERA.
Prior to the 2000 season, the Padres dealt him to the Phillies, the team with whom his career began. Ashby had been touted as a potential ace for the struggling Phillies pitching staff. However, he pitched poorly, going 4–7 with a 5.68 ERA. He was later sent to the Atlanta Braves midseason, where he helped the team reach the playoffs with an 8–6 record and a 4.13 ERA.
Ashby spent the next three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 14–23 while posting a 4.31 ERA. At the end of 2003, he underwent Tommy John surgery. He made a brief two game return stint as a reliever with San Diego in 2004 and was signed by the team before the 2006 season, but he was released during spring training and retired.
See also 
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Baseball Library - biography and chronology
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