Wojciechowski takes game to new level

Blue Jays' first-round pick shuts out Threshers for five innings

Asher Wojciechowski has a 0.53 ERA in four professional starts. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images)

By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | April 10, 2011 1:22 PM

You might not guess it from the final score, but Asher Wojciechowski's first Florida State League start couldn't have gone much smoother.

Wojciechowski allowed two hits over five scoreless innings Sunday in the Dunedin Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Clearwater Threshers.

The 22-year-old right-hander struck out two and did not walk a batter. Pitching with a lead from the time he first took the mound, Wojciechowski set down the side in order in the first. After giving up a pair of hits to open the second, he retired the final 11 batters he faced.

Wojciechowski, whose fastball reaches the upper-90s, was selected 41st overall out of The Citadel. He received an $815,000 bonus after becoming the highest Draft pick in school history and made his pro debut with short-season Auburn, where he posted a 1.75 ERA in three starts. New York-Penn League opponents batted just .146 against him.

Corey Patterson continued his rehab assignment with Dunedin, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

Leandro Castro sparked the Threshers' five-run seventh with a three-run homer, his second. Former first-rounder Joe Savery, a converted pitcher, was 2-for-3 and is hitting .800 through four games.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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