Aspito taking career year in stride

Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine taught us all long ago on Nike’s hilarious commercial that chicks seriously dig the long ball.

So Jason Aspito’s 24 bombs this year should have all the women in York running to snag his jersey, right?

Not exactly.

Aspito is certainly aware of the milestones he’s accomplished this year. And how could he not be? Aspito has eclipsed his previous career high in RBIs (61) with 104 this year and his 24 homers are 12 more than he’s had in any other pro season.

But guess which statistic Aspito is most proud of this year? That would be his much-improved walk total.

Chew on that ladies.

“I did want to see more pitches and make guys throw me more strikes,” said Aspito, who has a career-high 54 walks — smashing his previous career high of 26 walks. “As a younger player, I would get myself out swinging at the first pitch even if it was a fastball.

“Now I’m OK with giving up a strike. I feel like I have a decent two-strike approach. I don’t mind hitting with two strikes and it doesn’t bother me anymore. As a young hitter, you worry about striking out. Now you battle with an idea and a plan. That (the walks) is probably the stat that I’m most proud of this year.”

Aspito also provided the monster grand slam in York’s 14-5 win Thursday night that clinched a playoff berth for the Revs. The clutch shot, which included a curtain call, added to some already bone-chilling numbers during Aspito’s season.

He leads York in game-tying RBIs (12), go-ahead RBIs (24) and two-out RBIs (42). And he’s tied with teammate Matt Esquivel in game-winning RBIs. Both players have nine apiece this year.

All the offensive numbers, plus eight outfield assists, should put Aspito in the discussion for the Atlantic League Player of the Year award. His biggest competition will likely be Josh Pressley of Somerset (.350, 29 homers, 97 RBIs), Brandon Larson of Somerset (.304, 29 homers, 91 RBIs) and Jesse Hoorelbeke of Bridgeport (.276, 28 homers, 106 RBIs). Hoorelbeke was the Co-Atlantic League Player of the Year last season.

But regardless of the number of votes Aspito, 29, garners from Atlantic League coaches and executives, he’s had a season to remember.

“I think he’s at the top of my list,” Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said of Aspito’s AL Player of the Year candidacy. “He’s done it all year. He’s been the guy who really solidified the middle of the order. And he’s come up huge for us all year.”

Aspito said Thursday night that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll return for another season. That decision will come after he leads York into the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s two-year history.

“I haven’t made that decision and I’m hoping some things go well in the offseason,” Aspito said. “If (Revolution director of baseball operations) Adam (Gladstone) wants to sign me back, we’ll talk. I’m just living in the now.”


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