Norfolk Tides’ (AAA) RHP Asher Wojciechowski fits the definition of a minor league journeyman. Originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (41st overall pick) of the 2010 MLB Draft, Wojciechowski has played for 13 different MiLB teams over 9 seasons. In addition, he has 30 games of MLB experience over two seasons: Houston in 2015 and Cincinnati in 2017. The Baltimore Orioles represent the sixth different organization he has been a member of.
Signed as a free agent by the Orioles to a minor league contract last December, Wojciechowski was invited to Spring Training. He is one of the many pitchers brought into the organization by EVP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette to serve as “deep depth” at the minor league level if they don’t make the Orioles team. Wojciechowski did not come north with the Orioles but rather, was assigned to Norfolk.
Wojciechowski has appeared in 12 games for the Tides, 5 of which have been starts, and currently owns a 3-2 record with a 3.45 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 44.1 innings. He has walked 21 and struck out 48 while allowing International League batters a .174 average against him.
Looking at the splits, it would seem that the role doesn’t matter much to Wojciechowski. As a starter he has a 2-1 record with 3.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 29.1 innings of work. Pitching in relief he has a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 15.0 innings. Of his 5 starts, only 1 was not of at least 6.0 innings and that 1 was 5.0 innings; most of his relief appearances have been multiple-inning stints.
Numbers like this will not wow anyone nor will they start clamoring for Wojciechowski’s call-up to Baltimore. He is, however, filling a need for the Tides and should remain in their rotation as long as he continues to provide quality starts (his last four starts have all been quality starts).
Wojciechowski is currently not on the Orioles’ 40-man roster and in my estimation would not join it unless major changes or injuries were to occur. For now he represents a solid pitcher in the Tides’ rotation and at 29 years of age, someone who can impart wisdom based on his experiences to the younger members of the team, an elder statesman, if you will.
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