After having his rookie pro season cut short, pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel) is off to a good start in his second year in the Blue Jays' organization.
Wojciechowski, a first-round pick of the Blue Jays last year, has allowed only two earned runs in his first three starts for Dunedin in the Class A Advanced Florida State League. He's 1-0 with a 1.15 earned-run average. He's pitched 15 2/3 innings, allowing foes to hit just .224.
"He's very aggressive, a bulldog," Dunedin manager Clayton McCullough said recently. "He has four pitches and his fastball is in the low 90s."
Last year, Wojciechowski threw just 12 innings in three games before being shelved for the rest of the season.
Outfielder Kyle Parker, the former Clemson quarterback, has finally started his pro baseball career and is off to a quick start. Parker is hitting .412 through his first 10 games with Class A Asheville in the Rockies' system, with one homer and 11 RBIs.
Parker went off in a game against Lakewood last week, going 4 of 6 with a home run and seven RBIs.
A couple of aging ex-Citadel standouts are still plugging away at their pro careers.
Oft-injured Dallas McPherson, the 57th pick in the 2001 draft, is now with the White Sox organization and is playing close to home at Triple-A Charlotte. The 30-year-old is batting .302 through 12 games.
And Jon Ellis, who pitched for the Bulldogs from 2002-04, is now with York (Pa.) in the independent Atlantic League. Ellis, a sixth-round draft choice by the San Diego in 2004, was let go last year after seven years with the Padres' organization, making it as far as Triple-A.
Around the bases
--Infielder Reese Havens (Bishop England HS, USC) is still on the disabled list in the Mets' organization after off-season rib surgery.
--Pitcher Mike Cisco (Wando HS, USC) seems to be settling into his bullpen role. He's 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA and one save for Double-A Reading in the Phillies' system. Cisco pitched four innings to pick up a save for former College of Charleston standout Ryan Edell recently.
--Pitchers Chris Hanna (Stratford HS) and Drew Cisco (Wando HS) are in extended spring training with the Rangers and Reds, respectively.