After a stellar first half in the minors, Beaufort High alumnus Asher Wojciechowski is back in the bigs with the Baltimore Orioles.
Wojciechowski did not pitch in the majors last season and had not made a big-league start since Aug. 23, 2017, before Baltimore acquired him from Cleveland earlier this month and plugged him into a struggling rotation.
“I loved his aggressiveness,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told The Baltimore Sun after Wojciechowski’s first start July 2 at Tampa Bay. “I thought he showed a good fastball, a good, hard slider. I liked the way he pounded the zone and threw strikes. Good presence on the mound. Did a nice job keeping us in the game into the sixth inning.”
Wojciechowski was outstanding in 15 starts for Triple-A Columbus, going 8-2 with a 3.61 ERA — the second-best in the International League — and 82 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings. In his first two starts for the Orioles, he is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA and 12 strikeouts across 9 2/3 innings.
A 2010 first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays coming out of The Citadel, Wojciechowski made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros in 2015 and reached the majors again with the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. He is 63-46 with a 4.03 ERA across 10 minor-league seasons and 4-6 with a 6.62 ERA in 32 games (13 starts) in the majors.