2006 Ranking: 7
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. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
Jason Scott (1): I don't think anyone is going to argue with this ranking. The likely successor to Jim Edmonds when he retires, Rasmus is a five-tool talent. In 2006, he led the organization with 85 RBI, hitting .288 with 16 home runs and stealing 28 bases.
Listed at 175 pounds when he was drafted, Rasmus has made it a goal over the offseason to get up to 200 pounds by spring training. Already up to 195, he doesn't expect the added weight to affect his running. It will be interesting to see where the Cardinals decide to send him in 2007. At just 20-years-old, they might not want to rush him, so he may end up back at Palm Beach. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see him make the Springfield club.
Leonda Markee (1): The only unanimous ranking by The Birdhouse staff is first-place Colby Rasmus. Rasmus was named ‘Player of the Year' by both The Birdhouse and the St. Louis Cardinals, although we did it first. Like his Quad Cities' teammate, Bryan Anderson, Rasmus skipped Short-Season A ball and played his first full season of professional ball at age 19. In fact Rasmus was the second youngest player in the Cardinals' system in 2006 with 200 or more at bats, behind Bryan Anderson. Like Jaime Garcia, Rasmus reached High-A professional ball before his 20th birthday.
He led St. Louis' minors in at bats and runs batted in with 85. His 28 stolen bases was good for third place and he took fifth place in walks with 56. Rasmus was part of a three-way tie, along with Matt Dryer and Joe Mather, for seventh place in home runs with 16.
Rasmus is a five-tool prospect with plus range and speed in centerfield and the heir apparent to Cardinals centerfielder Jim Edmonds. He also possesses excellent bat speed. Offensively, while his strikeouts per at bat remained at 1:5.5 from Quad Cities to Palm Beach, his walk rate improved from 1:11.8 plate appearances at Quad Cities to 1:8.3 plate appearances at Palm Beach. Rasmus is aiming to begin 2007 at Double-A Springfield which would be quite an achievement although an entirely attainable one.