Jonathan D. Ash
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School Bishop O'Dowd High School
- Born September 11, 1982 in Oakland, CA USA
Infielder Jonny Ash played in the Houston Astros minor league system from 2004 to 2008 and in independent ball in 2009. He reached Triple-A in 2008, but had most of his success in the lower minors and never made the major leagues.
Drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2004 amateur draft - one pick after pitcher Michael Saunders - and signed by scout Gene Wellman, Ash began his career well, hitting .297/.388/.377 his rookie year. He followed that with lines of .320/.381/.455 in 2005, .314/.370/.403 in 2006 and .300/.374/.404 in 2007. He was a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star in 2005 for the Lexington Legends, a Texas League Post-Season All-Star in 2006 for the Corpus Christi Hooks and a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star, and the All-Star Game "Top Star," in 2007.
He struggled upon reaching Triple-A, however, batting only .224/.326/.263 in 73 games for the Round Rock Express in 2008, and the Astros let him go to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft following the season. The Brewers released him in early April 2009 and he signed with the independent Chico Heat. Regaining his stroke in 2009, he hit .313/.401/.402 in 71 games in his final season.
Overall, Ash hit .301/.375/.396 with 578 hits, 191 walks and only 149 strikeouts in 554 games over six seasons.