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59 Asher Wojciechowski SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/239 | Birthdate: 12/21/1988 | Birthplace: Hardeeville, SC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros RHP Gregerson returns from bereavement list Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) The Astros have re-instated reliever Luke Gregerson from the bereavement list, and optioned pitcher Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno, the team announced Tuesday

Wojciechowski did not make an appearance during his latest stint with the big club, though he could very well be next in line for another promotion when the Astros are in need of another arm in the rotation or the bullpen.


Astros place closer Luke Gregerson on Bereavement List


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) The Astros have placed closer Luke Gregerson on the Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency list and have recalled pitcher Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A, the team announced Friday.

Gregerson has recorded seven saves for the surging Astros and has not allowed a run in five of his last six appearances. Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls are likely to pick up any save opportunities while Gregerson is out.

Wojciechowski made four appearances (three starts) for the Astros earlier this year, compiling a 7.31 ERA in 16 innings. He could receive a start while he is back up with the club.


Astros promote OF Hoes, demote RHP Wojciechowski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Astros are set to promote outfielder L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno and send right-hander Asher Wojciechowski to the same team, according to MLB.com. The move was made to add a position player for the upcoming series against San Diego.

"It's exciting," Hoes said, per MLB.com. "I'm happy to be here and contribute any way I can."

Hoes has been sizzling to start the season with a slash line of .418/.458/.618 and 12 RBI in 55 at-bats. Wojciechowski has been battered in four starts with Houston, all of which lasted exactly four innings. He has given up 23 hits in 16 innings and owns a 7.31 ERA.

"We need to get Wojo back on track," manager A.J. Hinch said. "His stuff wasn't as crisp as he was in Spring Training. He hasn't gone deep into any games... [The roster move] was a combination of wanting to get Wojo back to what made him successful in the spring, why he made our team to begin with, and L.J. was the hottest guy down there to come up and play off the bench for us."


Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski allows five runs in ND Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski allowed five runs on five hits in four innings of work in Houston's 7-6 win over the Athletics Sunday.

Wojciechowski ran into issues in the second inning when Josh Reddick ripped a triple over the center fielder's head to bring home a run. Then, Brett Lawrie chipped in a sacrifice fly to score Reddick. His struggles continued into the fourth inning when he allowed runners on second and third with two out for Lawrie, who singled to center to bring home two more runs. Craig Gentry added the final run with an RBI single to left to score Lawrie.

Wojciechowski, who remains 0-1 on the year, ballooned his ERA to 7.31 in 16 innings this season. He will look for his first win of the year Friday against the Mariners.


Astros SP Asher Wojciechowski fails to go five innings Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was only able to pitch four innings during Monday's win over the Mariners.

Wojciechowski surrendered four runs on eight hits over four innings of work Monday. He also struck out six batters, while walking two in his second start of the season. Wojciechowski also failed to go past the fourth inning in his first start of the season. His ERA now stands at 6.00.

His next start is expected to be Saturday at Oakland.


Astros' Peacock goes back on DL, Wojciechowski recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a left intercostal strain, the team announced. To take his roster spot, starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

Peacock, who began the season on the disabled list coming off hip surgery, made just one start before going back on the DL. He took the loss in a start Tuesday against Oakland.

"Brad told us about some soreness after his outing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "So we gave it a day to calm down and get an assessment on what exactly was going on. It looked like it was really going to impact his start on Monday. So a quick trip to Triple-A for Wojo."

Wojciechowski did not make a start for Fresno following his demotion earlier this week when Peacock came off the DL. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 EA in two appearances (one start) for Houston this season.

"Having [Wojciechowski] back is good for us," Hinch said. "We never really felt like we wanted to send him down. But he was a victim of circumstances and now he's back in the rotation."


Dan Straily, Sam Deduno, Mark Appel provide Astros starting depth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) The Astros have plenty of depth for the starting rotation, both in the bullpen and in the minor leagues. 

Asher Wojciechowski, sent to Triple-A on Tuesday, has pitched out of the rotation and bullpen. 

"Obviously one of the things that we’ve liked during the competition this spring is we liked our depth," manager A.J. Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "There are other guys behind them as well. I think the continual pressure on these guys to pitch well and do well is going to be there with guys like Dan Straily and obviously Mark Appel’s at Double-A. ... With Wojo now at Triple-A, he’s always a possibility. Sam Deduno in the bullpen is always a possibility. I think these guys always know they’re pitching for their spot. ... They know there are options."


Astros grateful to Asher Wojciechowski for saving bullpen wear


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) The Astros sent Asher Wojciechowski to the minor leagues on Tuesday, but his contribution wasn't forgotton by manager A.J. Hinch. 

Wojciechowski was initially scheuled to make his first career start on Tuesday. Instead, Hinch called on him to come out of the bullpen in a seven-run loss on Monday. He pitched four scoreless innings. 

"A thankless part of last night is what Wojo did for our bullpen," Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "Being able to give him the ball and have him get those innings and save anybody from having to pick up a ball is a big deal. Over the course of a season, you want to limit how many times you have to use your bullpen when you don’t have to. Last night Wojo took it upon himself and finished the game. So that made all of us sleep better last night."


Astros' Wojciechowski sent to the minors, Peacock to start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will be sent to the minors Monday after throwing four innings against the Athletics, manager A.J. Hinch announced.

Wojciechowski, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, came on in relief to throw four innings, allowing no runs on two hits with four strikeouts.

Brad Peacock will replace him in the starting rotation.

"We need him to come here and be good," Hinch said per MLB.com.


Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski hopes to improve mechanics


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will make his second career start Tuesday and is looking for better results, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Wojciechowski gave up four earned runs on eight hits in four innings of work against the Indians in his debut and felt he needed to fix some mechanical issues in his next start.

"I worked a lot this week on just getting my feel for my slider and getting my arm slot in the right spot," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to see what it's like tomorrow. Yeah, I was pretty frustrated with it my last outing. I put in some good work this week and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Wojciechowski is hoping to relax more on the mound now that the first start is out of the way.

"I just need to stay within my mechanics and executive pitches better. Some pitches got away from me in my first start. I was coming out of my mechanics. I definitely just learned to just take a deep breath and stay behind the baseball and stay within myself."


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski struggles in major-league debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski didn't have his best stuff in his major-league debut Thursday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings and striking out two in his team's 5-1 loss to the Indians.

"There's a lot of room for improvement," Wojciechowski said after the outing, per MLB.com. "It felt good just to be out there and finally get this first one under my belt. There's definitely a lot of room for improvement and a lot to work on. I'm just excited to get to work tomorrow and start preparing for my next outing."

Wojciechowski, who struggled with command of his fastball and slider, threw 88 pitches in the start.

"Just probably coming out of my mechanics a little bit today, just not feeling as comfortable as I have," Wojciechowski said. "I'm just going to have to find that consistency, find that consistent arm slot and get used to repeating my mechanics."

Wojciechowski will look to bounce back Tuesday against the A's.


Astros finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters his rotation will line up with Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day against Indians, followed by Scott Feldman on Wednesday and Asher Wojciechowski on Thursday. Collin McHugh will open a three-game set at Texas on Friday, followed by Roberto Hernandez on Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Asher Wojciechowski will start Astros' third game of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski told reporters he will start the third game of the season on April 9 against the Indians, his big-league debut, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"It was just a great blessing," Wojciechowski said.

Wojciechowski went 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB ratio over 76 innings at Triple-A last season. This spring, he has registered a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 16 2/3 innings.


Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski gives up four runs in outing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski surrendered four runs (two earned) on five hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched Tuesday against the Braves.

Wojciechowski, who is still competing for a spot on the pitching staff, added three strikeouts and one walk while pushing his ERA to 1.71.

"It was frustrating, but I know it's all part of baseball," he said to the Houston Chronicle. "You're going to have your good days and you're going to have your bad days. You got to find a way to get through it and to adjust. I was starting to find my off-speed stuff late in that fourth inning. It was just one of those games for me."


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski still in the running for roster spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) With Astros manager A.J. Hinch informing Roberto Hernandez he has won a spot in the rotation, it appears Asher Wojciechowski is the odd man out in the rotation. However, Wojciechowski is still in the running to make the Opening Day rotation with Brett Oberholtzer working his way back from injury.

"There's a couple of different ways Asher could make the team," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "We'll assess him after [Tuesday's] outing."

Wojciechowski is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games (two starts) this spring. He's allowed 12 hits and two runs, while totaling 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.


Astros' final rotation spot down to Wojciechowski, Hernandez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday that the final spot in the rotation is down between Asher Wojciechowski and Roberto Hernandez, according to the Houston Chronicle

"I'm not really making declarations at this point," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "Coming into next week, we'd like to have a clearer picture, but today, on Thursday, there's still many [bullpen] combos we could go with."

Wojciechowski owns a 1.08 ERA through five spring outings (two starts). He has 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Hernandez has 4.50 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 4:5 K:BB ratio over 12 innings of work this spring.


Astros' Wojciechowski has 1.08 ERA through five spring outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski continued his push for the final spot in the rotation with another strong outing Wednesday against the Phillies. Wojciechowski (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

“It was a good day, defense played great and Hank (catcher Hank Conger) called a great game again, we were on the same page,” Wojciechowski said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Defense backed me up and it was a lot of fun.

“I’m just out there having fun and whatever happens happens. Just trying to look forward to my next outing, enjoy this one and just tomorrow get up and get ready for my next outing whenever that is and go from there.”

The right-hander has a 1.08 ERA through five spring outings (two starts). He has 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.


Astros' SP competition down to Hernandez, Deduno, Wojciechowski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) With the demotion of Dan Straily to the minors on Monday, the competition for the final spot in the Astros rotation is down to Roberto Hernandez, Asher Wojciechowski and Samuel Deduno.

Although, general manager Jeff Lunhow seemed to indicate Hernandez, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, might be the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.

"You look at what's going on with other clubs around baseball, and there's a lot of injuries, and having extra pitchers that are major league-caliber is something we value," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Hernandez. "That's definitely a consideration."

Wojciechowski has a 0.75 ERA through four spring outings (one start). Hernandez is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA through four outings (two starts). Deduno is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA through four appearances (one start).


Five pitchers still vying for final spot in Astros' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday the final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, per the Houston Chronicle. The candidates vying for the fifth spot in the rotation are Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski, Roberto Hernandez, Dan Straily and Alex White.

“It’s the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers,” Hinch said. “They’re always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there’s a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that’s a good thing.”

Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings.

“It’s a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons,” Hinch said. “For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo’s changeup and Deduno’s fastball are pitches that we’re paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."


Asher Wojciechowski to make case for Astros' rotation on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Asher Wojciechowski is trying to land the final spot in the Astros' starting rotation after spending the last two seasons in Triple-A. 

The right-hander will get a chance to make his case for the job with a start in Sunday's game. 

"I'm definitely appreciative and excited to get a start, and will just go out there and compete and have fun and see what happens," Wojciechowski told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Wojciechowski has pitched five shutout innings this spring, striking out three and allowing three hits.

"I'm a big Wojo fan," Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said. "For him to emerge as a legitimate Major League pitcher this year would be fantastic for our organization. I'm hopeful that he can do it in a starting capacity."


Astros' Lunhow a big fan of prospect Asher Wojciechowski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski is a serious contender for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, especially since it appears general manager Jeff Lunhow has high hopes for the right-handed hurler.

"I'm a big Wojo fan," Luhnow said, per MLB.com. "For him to emerge as a legitimate major-league pitcher this year would be fantastic for our organization. I'm hopeful that he can do it in a starting capacity."

The 2010 first-round pick is 35-26 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in the minors. 


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski to get another look on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Asher Wojciechowski will get another Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

Hinch noted that Wojciechowski earned a longer look after performing well against Toronto on Monday. He has not allowed a run through his first two spring starts. Brett Oberholtzer will throw in a minor-league game Sunday on back field.


Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski moves to opposite side of pitching rubber


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) In an attempt to improve his delivery, Astros right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has moved from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I'm really pleased with Wojciechowski, coming off his health issues and everything," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well.

"Wojo was a right-handed pitcher throwing from the third-base side of the rubber, slightly across body, which created a tough angle. We moved him to the far first-base side of the rubber, freed his arm up."

Strom advised Wojciechowski's new position this spring after the 26-year-old was slowed down by a lat injury in 2014. Wojciechowski is on the 40-man active roster and is considered an outside candidate for the rotation. He's competing against Dan Straily and Roberto Hernandez for a spot on the opening day roster.


Asher Wojciechowski optioned after activation off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Astros announced Wednesday they activated starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (back) off the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wojciechowski was on a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City, posting a 4.76 ERA in three starts.