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July 11, 1970 |
|September 1, 1992 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 30, 1998 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||84|
Ashley was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 3rd round of the 1988 MLB Draft. He started his professional career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 1988 and 1989. Played with the Bakersfield Dodgers in 1990, Vero Beach Dodgers in 1991, San Antonio Missions in 1992 and Albuquerque Dukes for most of 1992–1994. A big time home run threat in the minors, Ashley hit 24 homers with San Antonio, 26 with the Dukes in 1993 and 37 in 1994.
He was a Triple-A All-Star &Pacific Coast League All-Star in 1993 and in 1994 he repeated those honors and also was selected as Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star in 1994, Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player in 1994, Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year in 1994 and AAA Player of the Year.
Ashley made the Dodgers opening day roster as a full-time player for the 1995 season and for the next three seasons was a spot starter/pinch hitter for the Dodgers. He tied the Dodgers single-season record for pinch hit homers in 1996. But due to his inability to hit for a high average, his high strikeout frequency, and his poor defensive play, the Dodgers released him before the beginning of the 1998 season.
He was signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox. He spent most of the season with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox but played in 13 games with the major league team. His most productive day with the Red Sox was on July 3, 1998 when went 3 for 4 and hit a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox.
Throughout his Minor League career, Ashley was a highly touted power-hitting prospect. However, his success in the Minors did not transfer to the big league level, and he did not accumulate a batting average higher than .237 or hit more than 9 home runs in a season.
His career concluded with 144 total hits and 236 total strikeouts.
As of 2015, Ashley is also serving as an Alumni member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Community Relations team.
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