Wojciechowski Ready To Take Next Step For Astros
HOUSTON—After introducing himself to Astros fans as somewhat of a power pitcher, Asher Wojciechowski
had one warning.
"I might not have that power fastball," Wojciechowski said.
The righthander was referring more to his profile with the four-seam
fastball, the slider and the changeup, which call to mind the classic
power arm. And even with the fastball in the low 90s, Wojciechowski has
fashioned a nice start to his Astros career after coming over in the
10-player trade that sent J.A. Happ
, Brandon Lyon
and David Carpenter
the Blue Jays.
Called "Wojo" for short, he was one of 15 prospects that the Astros
acquired in five separate July deals as they cleaned house at the major
league level, trading six big leaguers who represented 75 percent of
their payroll (though they did kick in some salary in three deals).
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Wojciechowski is arguably the top pitching
prospect acquired, a supplemental first-round pick of the Blue Jays in
2010 who was repeating high Class A. As has happened a lot in the
once-depleted Astros farm system, a call to Houston also meant a
promotion, and Wojciechowski immediately moved up to Double-A Corpus
Using a slider that he has rediscovered from his college days and
admittedly without his best changeup, his first four Double-A starts
went well, with a 3.10 ERA and 18 strikeouts (and 12 walks) in 20
He described the promotion as "just having to mix up my counts and mix up my pitches especially not working from behind."
It's also another step on his path to the major leagues, which general manager Jeff Luhnow laid out in one possible timeline.
"Wojciechowski, depending on how he finishes the year," he said, "is a
guy we would consider bringing to camp next year and exposing him to our
major league staff. I can see him being in our rotation toward the end
of next year."
• Both outfielder Marc Krauss
and outfielder/third baseman Bobby
, the big bats acquired from the Diamondbacks for Chris
, were sent to Corpus Christi. However, Luhnow said that Krauss
should get to Triple-A this year. Krauss backed that up with a Texas
League player of the week award in his first week in the system.
• Supplemental first-round pick Lance McCullers
was promoted to
Rookie-level Greeneville after the righthander put together a 1.64 ERA
in four starts in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.