Today’s interview features FSL All Star third baseman Cody Asche, who is one of the hottest hitters in the organization right now. He also gives a great interview, and had a lot of interesting things to say. Jump it!
PhuturePhillies: First off, I just want to congratulate you on making the All Star team.
Cody Asche: Thank you. Yeah, I just found out a couple days ago that I got added, so that was nice
PP: Before you found out that you got added, did you feel, I guess, cheated or maybe just kind of disappointed that you didn’t [make the team] based on your stats?
CA: No, not really. I’m down here just trying to get better every day. If you get picked for stuff like [the All Star Game] it’s just extra, you know. I was planning on enjoying a couple of days off, but now I got added to the team and I couldn’t be happier.
PP: [I chuckle because I have no segue into this question] How was the move from second to third base over the offseason?
CA: It was natural. I played third base for three years in college, so down in Spring Training the coaches said ‘hey, let’s take you back over to third, see what happens’ and it just felt comfortable for me, and I have a lot of confidence [in my self] over there, and I just feel comfortable right now.
PP: Do you think that confidence and comfort is translating over to your hitting?
CA: It could possibly be a reason. This year I’ve just had an overall [better] understanding of the game and what’s going on. I’ve learned a ton since last year, and that’s what’s been helping me out, I think.
PP: Who, and what, have been the main factors in your developement, even from college and especially over this offseason?
CA: Mainly it’s just taking everything in and learning as much as you can. I think that was kind of a mistake I made last year: going in, getting drafted, and thinking ‘hey, I played at a high level in college, I got it figured out.’ You realize you don’t, and you just [have] to come in every day and get your work in, and learn as much as you can learn from all the coaches and coordinators and players, and just suck all the information out of everybody that you can. And the more you learn, the better you get, the more you’re going to develop.
PP: Have you changed anything mechanically about your swing?
CA: Just a few minor tweaks. Down in [the Instructional League] I worked with Hendu [Steve Henderson], my hitting coordinator, a little bit. I got a little more rhythm in my swing and I think that’s helped me out a lot this year.
PP: Do you judge yourself by your stats, or more by how you feel coming into each game?
CA: I don’t really judge myself by my stats, at all. Once you get caught up in that, you’re not going to do [well]. And plus, we’re in [Single-]A Ball right now, we’re out here trying to develop and learn new things every day, and just get better every day. That’s basically what I measure myself on. If I’m getting better every day, then I’m going to be happy with the result no matter what.
PP: Do you think you may be a candidate for a midseason promotion to Double A?
CA: Hey, you know, I’m not worried about that. I’m just trying to be down here and help my team win. We have a couple games left in the first half, maybe win the first half and go from there. But I’m just going to show up to the park every day and be ready to play, because that’s what my team needs.
PP: Since you made the move to second base last year, I guess it shows a level of comfort in the infield. Have you considered moving somewhere else, maybe even left field, to try to move up the ranks of the organization quicker?
CA: No, I leave all that to the organization. They have a lot of smart guys, and they’ve been doing this for a long time. They’re going to find eventually what is the best for me, and I’m just going to be all in for whatever they ask me to do.
PP: So one last question: What has been your favorite experience this season so far?
CA: Favorite experience so far?… that’s a tough one… Probably hitting in front of Jim Thome, that was pretty cool. I batted three hole, and he batted four hole for two games, and having him in the locker room for four straight days, he was in the dugout, and just getting a chance to talk to him was really cool. He’s one of the guys that I watched and idolized growing up, you know that was a cool experience.
PP: Did he give you any good advice?
CA: Yeah, he gave me a couple good tips on hitting. He’s a really nice guy, one of the nicest guys I’ve met.