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June 26, 2014

Former O-State pitcher solid in pro debut

Former Oneonta State left-hander Steve Ascher’s first professional appearance wasn’t perfect, but he exited with a 0.00 ERA.

Ascher, drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17th round earlier this month, made his pro debut for the Princeton Rays on Sunday, a relief appearance at Greensboro.

Ascher threw 1 1/3 innings in the Class A Appalachian League game, allowing three hits and one walk. He also struck out three in the Rays’ 4-3 10-inning loss.

Ascher threw a scoreless fifth inning in relief of Princeton starter Roel Ramirez. Ascher retired one batter in the fifth inning before being relieved by Rafael Cordova.

Through Tuesday’s games, it remains Ascher’s lone appearance for Princeton thus far. The Rays had a 3-3 record, heading into Wednesday’s game against Kingsport.

Ascher was the 517th overall pick in the First Year Player Draft after a standout junior season for the Red Dragons. He was named the SUNY Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Year this past spring. The Long Island native led O-State in ERA (1.69), innings (69 1/3), strikeouts (82) and held opposing hitters to a 1.93 average.

He finished 6-4 for an O-State team that went 13-25.

Phil Pohl

Cooperstown graduate Pohl has been hot as of late, hitting .324 over his last 10 games for the Beloit Snappers of the Single-A Midwest League.

A third-year pro in the Oakland A’s organization, Pohl has 12 hits in his last 37 at-bats, including two doubles, his first home run of the season and five RBIs in his last 10 games.

That stretch has helped Pohl raise his season average to .273 with the Snappers. He has nine RBIs and has scored seven runs in 23 games in Beloit.

Pohl also played in eight games with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento earlier this season. He hit .276 with four doubles and six RBIs for the River Cats.

A catcher, Pohl has thrown eight of 29 runners attempting to steal for Beloit.

The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, Pohl was drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 44th round. He instead went to Clemson University, where he played for four seasons.

Pohl was then drafted by the A’s in the 28th round of the 2012 draft.

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