|Houston Astros – No. 59|
December 21, 1988 |
Hardeeville, South Carolina
|April 9, 2015, for the Houston Astros|
(through 2015 season)
|Earned run average||7.16|
Randall Asher Wojciechowski (born December 21, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was previously a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted him in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
The Wojciechowskis moved to Romania when Asher was nine. Living abroad, he played soccer, and joined Little League Baseball when it expanded to Bucharest when he was 11. The team played in a tournament similar to the Little League World Series in Poland.
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. The family moved to South Carolina for Asher's senior year of high school, so that he could attract more attention from scouts.
Wojciechowski attended Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina, for his senior year of high school. He then enrolled at The Citadel, choosing it over Winthrop University. He competed for the United States national baseball team in the summer of 2009. In 2010, he was named the Southern Conference's pitcher of the year.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Wojciechowski in the first round, with the 41st overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He received an $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.
The Blue Jays assigned Wojciechowski to Dunedin in 2012. They later traded him, along with Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, David Rollins, Joe Musgrove, and Carlos Pérez to the Houston Astros on July 20, 2012, in exchange for J. A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter. Houston assigned Wojciechowski to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League. 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. He was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2013. 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.
Wojciechowski is married to his wife, Alanna.
The proper pronunciation of his last name is - wo-juh-how-ski -.
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