|Win–loss record 0–6|
Role Baseball Player
Name Alec Asher
Earned run average 9.31
Salary 97,062 USD (2015)
|Current teams Philadelphia Phillies (#49 / Pitcher), Philadelphia Phillies (Pitcher)|
Similar People Jake Thompson, Jorge Alfaro, Matt Harrison, Jake Diekman, Nick Williams
Asher's dad announces son's first at-bat
Alec Edward Asher (born October 4, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Asher had Tommy John surgery when he was 14 years old. He attended McKeel Academy of Technology through his sophomore year of high school. He then transferred to Charlotte High School during his Junior year, but later went on to graduate from Lakeland Senior High School.
Asher was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 23rd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland, Florida. He had agreed to an $80,000 signing bonus with the Giants, however the team decided not to sign Asher after a bone spur was revealed in his physical. He attended Santa Fe College for a year before transferring to Polk Community College. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. He made his professional debut for the Spokane Indians that year. He pitched in 20 games as a relief pitcher, finishing with a 3.09 earned run average (ERA), five saves and 50 strikeouts over 35 innings.
In 2013, Asher was a starting pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He appeared in 26 games with 25 starts and went 9–7 with a 2.90 ERA and 139 strikeouts over 133 1⁄3 innings.
On July 31, 2015, Asher was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Matt Harrison, and Jerad Eickhoff in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. He made his major league debut on August 30.
On June 16, 2016, Asher was suspended for 80 games for violating MLB's drug policy after testing positive for chlorodehydromethyltestosterone.
Asher was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later on March 28, 2017. Asher made his season debut on April 15 against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the start, he tossed 6 1⁄3 innings, giving up just one run while striking out five. He earned a no decision in a 2-1 Orioles' loss. He earned his first win of the year on April 26 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Out of the bullpen, Asher gave up a run in the eleventh inning, before the Orioles would score two in the bottom half to win 5-4.