Rasmus Found His Rhythm Again

Mississippi Braves' right-hander Cory Rasmus has evolved as a pitcher. Starting this past season fresh off an injury to his shoulder, he had a lot of ground to make up. Coming into the M-Braves season, he was well known for his secondary pitches. With his time spent in the Southern League though, he was focused on becoming a good all-around pitcher.

Rasmus started behind the rest of the group due to his unfortunate injury.

"I only threw like seven games last year…in May I stopped throwing and I had surgery in August. "The whole offseason was pretty much rehab from last year because I had a broken bone in my shoulder.

"I chipped off a piece of my collarbone. So, I had surgery in August, and I rehabbed it until November. Then I came back to Orlando and rehabbed it, so I didn't have much time off."

Before his injury, pitching coach Mike Alvarez was able to get a good look at who Rasmus was as a pitcher and what he could do.

"Early on I saw a guy who showed a pretty good arm. He threw a pretty good curveball and a very, very good changeup. But he was a thrower, not a pitcher," M-Braves pitching coach, Mike Alvarez stated.

"So that's what we talked about. It was very brief, a simple conversation about pitching versus throwing. Also, the ability to locate his fastball and pitch off that fastball with that quality secondary stuff that you got, and he's done it.

"The other thing is that he's maintained it all year and he has stayed healthy all year. So, he's accomplished a lot during this season."

Despite getting a late start, Rasmus never lacked power.

"I've lost some weight since last Spring Training, but it's no big deal. I feel good and I feel strong and that's all that matters," Rasmus said.

In fact, he might be too strong. At least that is what coach Alvarez thinks.

"Pitchers that tend to throw a little harder than most have a tendency to overthrow. And he's done that a few times, but really when you look at the overall picture of the season, it hasn't been that many compared to times he's gone out there and really tried to execute his pitching as best he can.

"I think that's his and most guy's downfall when they struggle, they try to do a little too much. They try to throw harder, and they suffer location which is probably the most important thing for a pitcher."

Rasmus is working hard trying to get his rhythm back, and as always, looking to improve his game.

"Yeah, I feel my velocity is fine," Rasmus said. "The only thing [the injury] did to me is that I took five or six weeks off of throwing and when I started back, it was kind of like starting all over again.

"It took me a little longer to get into a rhythm and get into a groove on the mound. But, I feel fine now."

Coach Alvarez is optimistic about Rasmus's progression, especially after missing so much time last season.

"I think that if he continues to do what he's doing he's going to be just fine," Alvarez said. "To continue to pitch off that fastball and locate it, and his curveball comes and goes as far as the sharpness of it, I think down the road you're going to see the kind of curveball that he's shown here through out the year.

"sometimes those pitches don't go like you want them to, but I think everybody, even them, would like to think that on a daily bases they're going to have all of their stuff going and you know sharp and really, really good on any given night, it just doesn't happen that way. But, he just needs to continue what he has been doing all year."

When it comes to what needs to be improved on the most, Rasmus didn't hesitate a bit.

"Commanding my fastball," Rasmus said emphatically. "That is the biggest one. I feel my secondary pitches are alright, nothing special, but they get the job done."

Like most pitchers, his main goal is to be consistent.

"Consistency, that's it," he continued. "You got to throw strikes, quality strikes as opposed to throwing it down the middle. That is really the key thing, throwing the ball low into the zone where they can't smash it."

Rasmus is back on track and stronger than ever. If he can just perfect a few things he will do well and play a long time. As for what he is already great at, his coach has no problem admitting it.

"His approach, how he goes about his business on any given night," Alvarez said, "if he's just going to go out there and throw as hard as he can, or limit himself by one or two miles, which is probably the only difference and be spot on with his location.

"So, everybody has a few things mechanically that could go wrong. It's a timing factor when they pitch, but for the most part, if they stay within themselves that's not the biggest issue.

"For me its how he takes his approach, how he closes the games for us and he's actually been pretty good."


Atlanta Dugout Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nRasmus started behind the rest of the group due to his unfortunate injury.
\r\n
\r\n\"I only threw like seven games last year…in May I stopped throwing and I had surgery in August. \"The whole offseason was pretty much rehab from last year because I had a broken bone in my shoulder.
\r\n
\r\n\"I chipped off a piece of my collarbone. So, I had surgery in August, and I rehabbed it until November. Then I came back to Orlando and rehabbed it, so I didn't have much time off.\"
\r\n
\r\nBefore his injury, pitching coach Mike Alvarez was able to get a good look at who Rasmus was as a pitcher and what he could do.
\r\n
\r\n\"Early on I saw a guy who showed a pretty good arm. He threw a pretty good curveball and a very, very good changeup. But he was a thrower, not a pitcher,\" M-Braves pitching coach, Mike Alvarez stated.
\r\n
\r\n\"So that's what we talked about. It was very brief, a simple conversation about pitching versus throwing. Also, the ability to locate his fastball and pitch off that fastball with that quality secondary stuff that you got, and he's done it.
\r\n
\r\n\"The other thing is that he's maintained it all year and he has stayed healthy all year. So, he's accomplished a lot during this season.\"
\r\n
\r\nDespite getting a late start, Rasmus never lacked power.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've lost some weight since last Spring Training, but it's no big deal. I feel good and I feel strong and that's all that matters,\" Rasmus said.
\r\n
\r\nIn fact, he might be too strong. At least that is what coach Alvarez thinks.
\r\n
\r\n\"Pitchers that tend to throw a little harder than most have a tendency to overthrow. And he's done that a few times, but really when you look at the overall picture of the season, it hasn't been that many compared to times he's gone out there and really tried to execute his pitching as best he can.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think that's his and most guy's downfall when they struggle, they try to do a little too much. They try to throw harder, and they suffer location which is probably the most important thing for a pitcher.\"
\r\n
\r\nRasmus is working hard trying to get his rhythm back, and as always, looking to improve his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah, I feel my velocity is fine,\" Rasmus said. \"The only thing [the injury] did to me is that I took five or six weeks off of throwing and when I started back, it was kind of like starting all over again.
\r\n
\r\n\"It took me a little longer to get into a rhythm and get into a groove on the mound. But, I feel fine now.\"
\r\n
\r\nCoach Alvarez is optimistic about Rasmus's progression, especially after missing so much time last season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think that if he continues to do what he's doing he's going to be just fine,\" Alvarez said. \"To continue to pitch off that fastball and locate it, and his curveball comes and goes as far as the sharpness of it, I think down the road you're going to see the kind of curveball that he's shown here through out the year.
\r\n
\r\n\"sometimes those pitches don't go like you want them to, but I think everybody, even them, would like to think that on a daily bases they're going to have all of their stuff going and you know sharp and really, really good on any given night, it just doesn't happen that way. But, he just needs to continue what he has been doing all year.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen it comes to what needs to be improved on the most, Rasmus didn't hesitate a bit.
\r\n
\r\n\"Commanding my fastball,\" Rasmus said emphatically. \"That is the biggest one. I feel my secondary pitches are alright, nothing special, but they get the job done.\"
\r\n
\r\nLike most pitchers, his main goal is to be consistent.
\r\n
\r\n\"Consistency, that's it,\" he continued. \"You got to throw strikes, quality strikes as opposed to throwing it down the middle. That is really the key thing, throwing the ball low into the zone where they can't smash it.\"
\r\n
\r\nRasmus is back on track and stronger than ever. If he can just perfect a few things he will do well and play a long time. As for what he is already great at, his coach has no problem admitting it.
\r\n
\r\n\"His approach, how he goes about his business on any given night,\" Alvarez said, \"if he's just going to go out there and throw as hard as he can, or limit himself by one or two miles, which is probably the only difference and be spot on with his location.
\r\n
\r\n\"So, everybody has a few things mechanically that could go wrong. It's a timing factor when they pitch, but for the most part, if they stay within themselves that's not the biggest issue.
\r\n
\r\n\"For me its how he takes his approach, how he closes the games for us and he's actually been pretty good.\"
\r\n
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