The Phillies also informed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin and outfielder Zach Collier they will be optioned Monday.
Of that group, Asche and Joseph, impressed the brass the most. Asche hit .357 (5 for 14) with two doubles, two walks and two strikeouts in eight games. Joseph hit .462 (6 for 13) with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs in six games. As two of the brightest prospects in the system, the pair likely won't be spending too much time in minor league camp.
Meanwhile, the Phillies travel to Kissimmee on Sunday to take on the Astros. This will be the last time the Phillies face the Astros until 2014 since they are moving to the American League this year and don't fit into the Phils' interleague dance card in 2013.
Here's the Phillies' lineup vs. Houston:1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Kevin Frandsen, dh,
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Michael Young, 3b
6.) Laynce Nix, rf
7.) Darin Ruf, lf
8.) Erik Kratz, c
9.) Freddy Galvis, ss
Cole Hamels, coming off a rough outing against the Dominican Republic national team, is the starting pitcher. Tyler Cloyd is also expected to pitch against the Astros. As Jim Salisbury wrote on Saturday, Cloyd nearly was to be a pitcher for the Astros.