Curve Balls, Curacao and the Cape

06/24/2006 3:53 PM -

24 June 2006

Cape League Special

Curve Balls, Curacao and the Cape

HARWICH, Mass. – From the coast of Curacao to the shores of Cape Cod, Arshwin Asjes has rounded all the bases. 

     Affectionately known as “Arsh,” he takes the mound as a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Temple University in Philadelphia. He left behind his family and his native homeland of Willemstad, Curacao, roughly 30 minutes by air from Venezuela, to pursue his lifelong dream of playing pro ball. 
As he enters his junior year at Temple in the fall, Arsh hopefully will have conquered what many baseball players long for – a chance to play summer ball on the Cape. This summer, facing the best college hitters in the country, he joined the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League with the hopes of securing a permanent spot on their 2006 roster. 

     Signed as a temporary player, Arsh is thankful to have been offered such an incredible opportunity with the Mariners.

     “I hope to land a spot as a permanent player for the summer, but even if I end up going home, and am only able to play a couple of weeks, I am lucky to have had this chance, and I will have absolutely no regrets,” said Asjes. 

     At 20 years old, Arsh hasn’t had many regrets. When he was eight, he picked up a baseball and started to play with his friends. Since then, he hasn’t put it down. Most young boys dream of becoming a professional athlete, and as they grow older, some find that they may not have what it takes, or they discover another passion that may be easier to pursue. But Arsh’s childhood dream of playing pro ball is far from extinct. His dream lives on.

     He made the move to the U.S. to pursue his love for the sport, and with his effervescent spirit and aspiration to play, he joined the team at Gloucester County College in New Jersey for his freshman year, and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. 
While some may question his decision, Arsh turned down the Indians’ offer without much hesitation and successfully transferred to a four-year university, Temple, to continue polishing his performance on the mound.

     “I wanted to pitch a couple more years before settling down with a contract in the majors,” said Asjes. “I wanted to make sure I had an education before moving on.” 

     Last spring, Arsh went 5-7 for the Temple Owls with a 4.26 ERA, striking out 55 batters in 74 innings. He was an All-Philadelphia Diamond Five selection last semester. 

     Currently, Arsh finds himself living along the sprawling beaches of Cape Cod, and playing under the radiant lights of the Whitehouse Field diamond, home of the Harwich Mariners. 

     Wearing number 27, he came in as a relief pitcher for three innings during the Y-D vs. Harwich game on June 17, allowing only one walk, no hits or runs scored, and recording four strikeouts.

     Asjes seems to have found his niche in Harwich, where he has already revealed his successes on the field. “I am very happy so far. Playing for the Cape League automatically grants good exposure and the people are welcoming. I like my teammates, and the entire coaching staff.”

     His family most likely won’t be making the long trek up to the Cape to see him pitch this summer. However, they remain optimistic that he will soon conquer his dream of playing in the Majors. 

     His head coach at Temple, Rob Valli, is “extremely excited for Arsh to get a chance to play in the best collegiate summer league in the country. It also is a testament to the direction that our program is headed that a Temple player is deserving of a spot at the Cape.” 

     Not only does Temple’s baseball program become a more recognized team with one of their star pitchers representing the Harwich Mariners, but the knowledge and experiences “Arsh” will have acquired from the Cape League will hopefully rub off on his fellow Owls, and of course, help propel Arsh into the world of professional baseball. 

     But Arsh isn’t overly concerned about the road ahead. He is soaking up every minute while playing in the Cape League, developing new friendships, focusing on his game, and ultimately helping the Mariners climb their way to a championship. 

     Arsh has succeeded so far with his extensive travel and schooling. Only time will tell if can keep batters from rounding the bases this summer. 

By Lauren Malone, CCBL Intern

John Garner, Jr.
Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
(508) 790-0394 

Will Bussiere
Web Editor


Search Archive »


Browse by Year »

Browse by Month »
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
December 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
August 2003
July 2003
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
November 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000