Lowcountry native Asher Wojciechowski has been included as part of a 10 player trade going from the Toronto Blue Jays organization to the Houston Astros early Friday.
Wojciechowski, who graduated from Beaufort High and Pitched for The Citadel, is the top prospect of 7 players going to the Houston organization. The Astros are getting Major Leaguers RP Francisco Cordero and OF Ben Francisco along with Minor Leaguers RHP Joe Musgrove, LHP David Rollins and C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later. Houston sent RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to the Blue Jays.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said in a conference call that Wojciechowski will be promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, and he's very high on what the former Bulldog might be able to do. "I had a chance to scout Wojo at The Citadel and really like his stuff." he said. "He's got a plus fastball and also throws strikes. He's repeating the Florida State League for the second year in a row. His numbers have gotten better. We're going to go ahead and challenge him and send him straight to Corpus Christi. I have some experience with drafting players from The Citadel. They're all high-character hard workers and I really like that aspect of it. I expect he's going to fit in really well in our system. We need arms. Depending on how he finishes the year in AA, 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"
The Beaufort alum reacted to the trade on Twitter on Friday afternoon saying "Really excited to continue this journey with the Houston Astros organization. Had a great time being a bluejay! Thanks for all the support."
Wojciechowski was a 1st Round compensation pick for the Blue Jays in the 2010 MLB Draft, the 41st player taken overall. He made 18 starts this season for High-A Dunedin going 7-3 with a 3.57 ERA. But he had really turned things on lately going 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA in his last 10 starts. He also has 76 K's in 93.1 IP. For his minor league career Wojo is 18-12 with a 4.05 ERA.
He pitched 3 seasons at The Citadel going 20-7 with a 4.05 ERA.