Asher Wojciechowski

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Asher Wojciechowski
Houston Astros – No. 59
Pitcher
Born: (1988-12-21) December 21, 1988 (age 25)
Pensacola, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Randall Asher Wojciechowski (born December 21, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He plays in minor league baseball for the Houston Astros organization.

Early life[edit]

Wojciechowski was born in Pensacola, Florida.[1] Asher's father, Randy, is a pastor. Randy and Asher's mother, Carol, have served as Christian missionaries. In Asher's younger years, he lived in Pensacola, the Dominican Republic, and Michigan.[2][3]

The Wojciechowskis moved to Romania when Asher was nine, as Randy became president of a state-run orphanage in Bucharest. Living abroad, Asher played soccer, and joined Little League Baseball when it expanded to Bucharest when he was age 11. The team played in a tournament similar to the Little League World Series in Poland.[2]

Career[edit]

After living in Romania for three years, the Wojciechowskis moved to Sturgis, Michigan. Asher attended Sturgis High School, where he played for the school's baseball team.[4] The family moved to South Carolina for Asher's senior year of high school, so that he could attract more attention from scouts.[2]

Wojciechowski attended Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina, for his senior year of high school.[5] He then enrolled at The Citadel, choosing it over Winthrop University.[3] He competed for the United States national baseball team in the summer of 2009.[6] In 2010, he was named the Southern Conference's pitcher of the year.[7]

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Wojciechowski in the first round, with the 41st overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[8] He received a $815,000 signing bonus, and made his professional debut with the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. In 2011, Wojciechowski played for the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[9]

The Blue Jays assigned Wojciechowski to Dunedin in 2012. They traded Wojciechowski to the Houston Astros on July 20, 2012, along with Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, David Rollins, Joe Musgrove, and Carlos Pérez, for J. A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter.[10] Houston assigned Wojciechowski to their Class AA affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks. He started the 2013 season in Corpus Christi, but received a midseason promotion to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[11] He was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[12] Before spring training began in 2014, Wojciechowski strained a lateral muscle. While recuperating in May, his return was delayed when he strained his forearm. He returned to Oklahoma City in June.[13]

His repertoire includes a fastball around 94 mph, a slider in the low 80s, and an occasional changeup and curveball.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Wojciechowski is married to his wife, Alanna.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Drellich, Evan (February 15, 2014). "Astros' Wojciechowski well-traveled, not short on perspective". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Citadel freshman pitcher pursued baseball around the globe – The Post and Courier". Postandcourier.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b nurun.com (April 23, 2011). "Jays yelling about Asher Wojciechowski | The London Free Press". Lfpress.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wojciechowski goes No. 41 to Toronto - News - Sturgis Journal - Sturgis, MI - Sturgis, MI". Sturgis Journal. June 9, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beaufort High pitcher Wojciechowski gets chance next season at The Citadel | Story Archive | islandpacket.com | beaufortgazette.com". Lowcountrynewspapers.net. December 8, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wojciechowski shines in U.S. baseball win – The Post and Courier". Postandcourier.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wojciechowski rounds out Day 1 picks | bluejays.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "RHP Wojciechowski latest pick to sign with Blue Jays". Tsn.ca. June 16, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Josh. "Wojciechowski takes game to new level | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Astros make 10 player trade with Toronto". July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Baldwin, Michael (August 1, 2013). "OKC RedHawks: Asher Wojciechowski has prospered in Astros organization". News OK. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Astros add Cruz, Santana, Wojciechowski to 40-man". Houston.astros.mlb.com. November 21, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Baldwin, Michael (August 7, 2014). "Oklahoma City RedHawks: Asher Wojciechowski still getting back in the groove". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Baseball Video Highlights & Clips – Draft Report: Asher Wojciechowski, College Pitcher – Video". MLB.com. March 4, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ Davis, Charles (July 11, 2012). "Asher Wojciechowski Could Be Movin' On Up For Toronto Blue Jays". RantSports.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 

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