A 200 hit season is something all professional baseball players at any level aspire to when the season starts but few ever achieve. Derek Jeter did it this season for the eight time to tie Lou Gerhig’s record as a Yankee in the 200 hit club. Only Ty Cobb, nine times, Ichiro Suzuki ten times and Pete Rose ten times have done it more times in the regular MLB season.
It’s next to impossible for a minor league player to do it since they only play a 140 game regular season schedule for the most part. But the Phillies third baseman of the future Cody Asche is just three hits shy of the 200 hit mark this season combining his 2012 hits in the Florida State league, the Eastern League, the EL playoffs and now the Arizona Fall League.
In today game in the Arizona Fall League Cody went two for five with a double to give him 197 hits for the season. One of those hits was his 11th league leading double and his 46th double overall for the season. He has had an incredible season and gives hope that he has at least earned an invite to the Phillies major league camp in the spring.
Only three more games remain for Asche’s Peoria Javelinas as the AFL wraps up on Thursday. They have a half game lead in their division and could make the one game championship game on Saturday. It remains to be seen if Cody will make it to the 200 hit plateau in 2012. But for a 22 year old future major league star he will soon have many years in the majors to have chances to join Jeter, Gerhig, Suzuki, Cobb, Rose and the others in the prestigious 200 hit club.