SUGAR LAND, TX — The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced that the contract of outfielder and former Major Leaguer Cody Asche has been purchased by the Boston Red Sox.
Asche becomes the third Skeeters player in 2019 to have his contract purchased by a Major League Baseball Organization.
Right-hander Andrew Bellatti had his contract purchased by the New York Yankees on April 27 and right-hander Christian Bergman had his contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners on April 15.
The Skeeters had 14 contracts purchased by outside professional baseball organizations in 2018, including 12 by MLB organizations, which were both franchise single-season records.
Through six games this season, Asche has hit .250/.375/.400 with a home run and three RBIs, making six starts in left field.
Asche, 28, was in his first season with the Skeeters and ninth at the professional level. He spent 2018 season with Triple-A Las Vegas (NYM) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting a combined .220/.304/.399 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 105 games. Asche spent the 2019 MLB Spring Training with Los Angeles Dodgers.
The O’Fallon, Mo., native made his Major League debut in 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies, recording his first Major League hit on August 1, 2013, against San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo. The five-year Major League veteran appeared with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2013-16 and with the Chicago White Sox in 2017.
Asche hit a career-high 12 home runs with the Phillies in 2015 and drove in a career-high 46 runs in 2014 with Phillies. Through five Major League seasons, he’s hit .234/.293/.376 with 32 homers and 129 RBIs in 390 games.
The Phillies selected Asche in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of the University of Nebraska. He was rated as the Phillies No. 7 prospect prior to 2013 season, per Baseball America. Asche was selected as first-team All-Big 12 Conference in 2011 with Nebraska.
While at the Minor League level with the Phillies, Asche was selected International League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2013 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley (.295/.352/.485, 15 HRs, 68 RBIs, 104 G). He was also selected as MiLB.com Organizational All-Star with Phillies in 2012 and ‘13.
The Skeeters, winners of the 2018 Atlantic League Championship, begin their eighth season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball at Constellation Field. Individual tickets, season tickets and mini plans for the 2019 season are currently available and can be purchased by visiting sugarlandskeeters.com, the TDECU Ticket Office at Constellation Field, or by calling the Skeeters at 281-240-4487.
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