Thursday, February 8, 2007

Cardinals #1 prospect Colby Rasmus

Position: OF
DOB: 8/11/1986
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Bats: L Throws: L
School: Russell County High School (Phenix City, AL)

Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the June 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $1,000,000 signing bonus Rasmus was named Player of the Year by the Cardinals. He led the organization with 85 RBI in 2006. Rasmus is a 5 tool player with so much talent, and he is still only 20 years old. Entering the 2007 season with 25 more pounds of muscle/fat, look for the offensive numbers of this 20 year old to increase.

Scouting Report

Batting: He has power to all fields and a great stroke. Now that he has filled out more from last year look for the power numbers of this 20 year old to increase even more. He just needs to refine his plate discipline against advanced pitching to cut down on his strike outs. Also he has problems with breaking balls from left handed pitchers.

Defense: Rasmus has plus range and a great arm to go along with his plus speed. The Cardinals shouldn't lose anything defensivley when Rasmus takes over for Edmonds in Center Field.

Speed: Rasmus has good speed and is known as a solid base runner. He stole 28 bases in 2006 and even though he has put on weight, it shouldn't affect his running.

The Future: The Cardinals don't want to rush the 20 year old prospect though he will still probably find himself starting in AA this year. When he fills out he should be a 25/25 type of guy who plays great defense.


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