The Indians and Orioles announced on Monday that Cleveland minor leaguer Asher Wojciechowski had been traded to Baltimore for cash considerations.
The 30-year-old Wojciechowski had been pitching for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate at Columbus. He is expected to be added to the Baltimore 40-man roster in the coming days.
Wojciechowski was an offseason addition by the Indians, inked to a minor league pact with a non-roster invitation to spring training on February 14. He had some rust to kick off, making four appearances in Arizona with eight runs allowed in four and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts and five walks.
The 6’4” right-hander reported to Columbus and put up some positive numbers overall, but the results were somewhat deceiving. In a team-high 15 starts, he went 8-2 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, but his fielding independent pitching dropped in at a lofty 5.81 mark. He was averaging nearly a strikeout an inning (82 in 84 2/3 IP), but he had also felt a slight uptick in his usual walk rates. Home runs have always been a part of Wojciechowski’s game, but this year he has averaged 2.0 per nine innings, double his usual minor league rates. To be fair, home runs are up across the Triple-A landscape this season.
This will mark the second stint in the Orioles organization for Wojciechowski. He opened last year with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk before being released on July 18. He signed with the Chicago White Sox a week later and made five appearances for their Triple-A affiliate at Charlotte before ending the year on the 7-day DL.
Wojciechowski’s trade back to the Baltimore organization also reunites him with his former general manager from his years in Houston, Mike Elias.
If he is indeed called up by the Orioles, it will mark his first big league action since 2017, when he pitched for the Cincinnati Reds. He also spent part of the 2015 season with the Houston Astros, the team that developed him, and he made his Major League debut against the Indians on April 9 of that year. He was originally the 41st overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, but was dealt by the club to Houston in 2012 in a nine-player swap.
Columbus is currently using Shao-Ching Chiang, Aaron Civale, Michael Peoples, Mitch Talbot, and Tanner Tully (called up from Double-A Akron on Monday) in its rotation. Reliever Chih-Wei Hu worked as part of the starting staff early in the season, and Cody Anderson was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 3 with right elbow inflammation.
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