Third baseman Cody Asche of the Clearwater Threshers is the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month. Pitching honors go to his teammate, left-hander Jesse Biddle.
Asche, a fourth-round selection in the 2011 draft out of the University of Nebraska, batted .363 in May, amassing 41 hits in 27 games.
A native of St. Charles, MO., Asche ranked in the top 10 of five offensive categories in the Florida State League for the month of May: hits, batting average, extra-base hits, doubles and total bases. The 21-year-old has spent much of the season in the middle of Clearwater’s lineup batting third, fifth and sixth, while leading the Threshers to a 29-24 record on the year.
Biddle, a Philadelphia native, went 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six starts during the month. Selected 27th overall by the Phillies in the first round of the June 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends School (PA), the 20-year-old struck out 32 batters in 33.0 innings while holding opposing batters to a .185 average.
After beginning the year 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in his first three starts, Biddle has rebounded, going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA over his last eight starts (6 ER, 46.0 IP) to improve his overall record to 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA.
Ranked by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the Phillies organization for 2012, the lefty currently ranks second in the Florida State League with 10.05 strikeouts per nine innings.