School: Russell County High School (Phenix City, AL)
Cardinal: Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $1,000,000 signing bonus.
|Johnson City (R)||.296||216||64||7||27||47||13||21||73||.362||.514|
JS (6): "Rasmus struck out a lot (73 times) in his pro debut, but has the tools to be a star. A good 2006 season would probably raise Rasmus to the top of my list, especially considering his age. Despite all the strike outs, he showed that he could still draw a walk and he posted a pretty good OBP (.362) in 2005."
LM (8): "Rasmus had an excellent debut season as a professional. He went .296/.362/.514/.876 in 216 at bats. He led the team in slugging, doubles (16), triples (5), home runs (7) and tied for the lead with twelve stolen bases, thereby demonstrating good power and speed for one so young. He was charged with only four errors. Baseball America named Rasmus as the second-best prospect in the Appalachian League and the Cardinals' second-best prospect. Baseball HQ also ranked Rasmus at #2 in the Cardinals' system. I ranked him a bit lower due to the park in which he played (it has the nickname "Coors Field of the Appy League") and his lack of plate discipline. Rasmus whiffed seventy-three times for a 1:2.96 K/AB ratio. Still, he has a very bright future."
RM (8): "Rasmus is ranked by both BA & BHQ as the Cardinals #2 prospect. The Cardinals 2005 Top Draft choice, possesses the athleticism and speed that contributes to his early high rankings. He has power to all fields and covers the plate well and makes good contact and should hit for average. He has a very good arm and good develop into a good right fielder at the major league level. Remember he's just 19, just before coming to the Cardinals, Rasmus was helping his father, Coach, Tony Rasmus, lead the Russell County Warriors to a 38-1 season and a Class 5A Alabama state championship. They were named the No. 1 team in country by Baseball America, helping coach Tony Rasmus earn Coach of the Year honors. Rasmus batted .484 with 66 RBIs and 19 stolen bases last season. He also hit 24 home runs, the second highest single-season total in Alabama -- G.W. Long's Wade Miller hit 30 homers in 2000. Colby was named Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama."
BW (7): "The Cards' top selection in 2005 (28th overall) is still just 19. Scouts and fans alike rave about his combination of athleticism and power. Rasmus did strike out over one third of the time at Johnson City, so he obviously needs to work on that. But, there is hope that the Cardinals have a future starter on their hands with Rasmus. Despite him hitting .296 at JC, Baseball America named Rasmus as the "Best Hitter for Average" in the system based on his tools."
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated
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