Colby Rasmus began his journey to the big leagues after he was selected 28th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2005 MLB amateur draft. Needless to say, the organization and the fan base were pretty excited about this kid coming up. Rasmus was considered a five-tool player, meaning that he could hit for average, had speed and power, not to mention a great arm and a great fielder as well.
Fast-forward to the 2011 season, and Rasmus had fallen out of favor in St. Louis. He was eventually acquired by Toronto in a three-way deal at the trade deadline. The Blue Jays believed this was a player that they had to take a chance on, because of the potential he had to offer. “I think it was well-documented that the relationship was probably not meant to be or not long term, and its probably best for both parties that Colby gets a fresh start,” Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “I think he’s going to fit in great and he’s going to thrive.”
It took some time, but Colby Rasmus is showing the kind of potential the Cardinals thought he had when they originally drafted him back in 2008. Rasmus has become a fixture in the middle of the Jays lineup, he’s hitting .315, with nine home runs, 21 RBI and two stolen bases over the past month. Only Mark Trumbo (30 RBI), Brandon Phillips (27 RBI), Jose Bautista (26 RBI), Albert Pujols (25 RBI), Jason Kubel (24 RBI) and Lucas Duda (22 RBI) have more RBI than Rasmus in that span.
Here’s a look at Rasmus’ advanced stats.
BABIP: .285 (currently hitting .259)
These numbers are very encouraging, as his strikeout rate is very close to a career best 18.3% (2009). Remember, Rasmus was a rookie and the full scouting report probably wasn’t out on him at that point. He needs to walk more in order to get on base, but other than that he looks very legitimate and someone you’re going to want on your fantasy team going forward.
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