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Birth Date8-11-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age31 years, 7 months, 9 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2009 SLN 22 147 520 474 72 119 22 2 16 193 36 95 3 2 5 52 3 1 .251 .307 .407 .255 15.8 3.0 1.9
2010 SLN 23 144 534 464 85 128 28 3 23 231 63 148 1 4 2 66 12 8 .276 .361 .498 .316 48.8 -23.1 2.7
2011 SLN 24 94 386 338 61 83 14 6 11 142 45 77 0 2 1 40 5 2 .246 .332 .420 .269 15.0 -4.4 1.1
2011 TOR 24 35 140 133 14 23 10 0 3 42 5 39 0 1 1 13 0 0 .173 .201 .316 .188 -6.1 -2.4 -0.9
2012 TOR 25 151 625 565 75 126 21 5 23 226 47 149 7 4 2 75 4 3 .223 .289 .400 .240 6.4 -7.1 -0.1
2013 TOR 26 118 458 417 57 115 26 1 22 209 37 135 3 1 0 66 0 1 .276 .338 .501 .297 30.4 5.6 3.9
2014 TOR 27 104 376 346 45 78 21 1 18 155 29 124 1 0 40 4 0 .225 .287 .448 .270 12.8 2.0 1.6
2015 HOU 28 137 485 432 67 103 23 2 25 205 47 154 2 3 1 61 2 1 .238 .314 .475 .283 23.2 4.3 2.9
2016 HOU 29 107 417 369 38 76 10 0 15 131 43 121 0 4 1 54 4 1 .206 .286 .355 .232 -2.8 6.6 0.4
2017 TBA 30 37 129 121 17 34 7 1 9 70 7 45 0 1 0 23 1 0 .281 .318 .579 .307 9.6 3.9 1.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2005 JCY Rk 62 244 .270 .252 .319 .385 .257 .416 106 2.1 5.6 0.5 4.6 2.3 10.5 1.4 10.5 1.4
2006 QUD A 78 341 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 PMB A+ 53 225 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SFD AA 128 556 .313 .265 .339 .405 .261 .301 103 33.3 17.0 1.4 3.7 -1.8 49.9 5.4 49.9 5.4
2008 PMB A+ 3 11 .068 .211 .269 .343 .211 .000 98 -2.1 0.3 0 0.3 0.0 -1.7 -0.1 -1.7 -0.1
2008 MEM AAA 90 387 .258 .275 .349 .443 .261 .287 102 -0.9 11.8 1.1 6.0 3.6 15.6 2.1 15.6 2.1
2008 CRD Rk 3 12 .559 .251 .353 .312 .247 .667 102 2.5 0.2 0 2.2 0.5 3.2 0.5 3.2 0.5
2009 SLN MLB 147 520 .255 .258 .328 .417 .262 .282 92 -2.9 15.0 0.8 3.0 2.9 15.8 1.9 15.8 1.9
2010 SLN MLB 144 534 .316 .260 .325 .407 .269 .354 90 30.4 14.7 1.3 -23.1 2.4 48.8 2.7 48.8 2.7
2011 SLN MLB 94 386 .269 .258 .323 .406 .266 .286 97 3.3 10.4 0.9 -4.4 0.4 15.0 1.1 15.0 1.1
2011 TOR MLB 35 140 .188 .253 .313 .395 .258 .217 103 -9.9 3.8 0.3 -2.4 -0.3 -6.1 -0.9 -6.1 -0.9
2012 TOR MLB 151 625 .240 .252 .315 .403 .258 .259 106 -12.6 17.1 1.2 -7.1 0.6 6.4 -0.1 6.4 -0.1
2013 TOR MLB 118 458 .297 .252 .316 .400 .263 .356 102 16.3 12.0 1.1 5.6 1.0 30.4 3.9 30.4 3.9
2014 TOR MLB 104 376 .270 .247 .309 .380 .259 .294 102 3.4 9.7 0.2 2.0 -0.5 12.8 1.6 12.8 1.6
2014 BUF AAA 6 24 .126 .264 .320 .392 .247 .214 103 -3.7 0.7 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2015 HOU MLB 137 485 .283 .254 .316 .404 .260 .305 102 10.7 13.1 -2.5 4.3 1.9 23.2 2.9 23.2 2.9
2016 HOU MLB 107 417 .232 .260 .325 .423 .261 .257 99 -11.9 11.8 -2.4 6.6 -0.3 -2.8 0.4 -2.8 0.4
2017 TBA MLB 37 129 .307 .256 .322 .429 .261 .368 98 6.4 3.8 -1.2 3.9 0.5 9.6 1.4 9.6 1.4
2017 PCH A+ 1 3 .022 .243 .270 .336 .227 .000 102 -0.7 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2017 MNT AA 6 23 .178 .252 .325 .385 .265 .077 106 -1.9 0.6 -0.2 -0.4 0.4 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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2005 JCY Rk 244 47 64 16 5 7 27 21 73 13 3 .296 .365 .514 .218 .270 10.5 4.6 1.4
2006 QUD A 341 49 94 22 3 11 50 29 55 17 5 .310 .373 .512 .201 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 PMB A+ 225 22 49 4 5 5 35 27 35 11 3 .254 .354 .404 .150 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SFD AA 556 93 130 37 3 29 72 70 108 18 3 .275 .383 .551 .275 .313 49.9 3.7 5.4
2008 CRD Rk 12 1 5 1 0 1 2 3 2 0 0 .556 .667 1.000 .444 .559 3.2 2.2 0.5
2008 PMB A+ 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .182 .000 .000 .068 -1.7 0.3 -0.1
2008 MEM AAA 387 56 83 15 0 11 36 49 72 15 3 .251 .346 .396 .145 .258 15.6 6.0 2.1
2009 SLN MLB 520 72 119 22 2 16 52 36 95 3 1 .251 .307 .407 .156 .255 15.8 3.0 1.9
2010 SLN MLB 534 85 128 28 3 23 66 63 148 12 8 .276 .361 .498 .222 .316 48.8 -23.1 2.7
2011 TOR MLB 140 14 23 10 0 3 13 5 39 0 0 .173 .201 .316 .143 .188 -6.1 -2.4 -0.9
2011 SLN MLB 386 61 83 14 6 11 40 45 77 5 2 .246 .332 .420 .175 .269 15.0 -4.4 1.1
2012 TOR MLB 625 75 126 21 5 23 75 47 149 4 3 .223 .289 .400 .177 .240 6.4 -7.1 -0.1
2013 TOR MLB 458 57 115 26 1 22 66 37 135 0 1 .276 .338 .501 .225 .297 30.4 5.6 3.9
2014 BUF AAA 24 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 9 0 0 .130 .167 .130 .000 .126 -3.0 0.4 -0.3
2014 TOR MLB 376 45 78 21 1 18 40 29 124 4 0 .225 .287 .448 .223 .270 12.8 2.0 1.6
2015 HOU MLB 485 67 103 23 2 25 61 47 154 2 1 .238 .314 .475 .236 .283 23.2 4.3 2.9
2016 HOU MLB 417 38 76 10 0 15 54 43 121 4 1 .206 .286 .355 .149 .232 -2.8 6.6 0.4
2017 MNT AA 23 3 2 1 0 1 2 2 7 0 0 .100 .174 .300 .200 .178 -1.1 -0.4 -0.2
2017 PCH A+ 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .022 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2017 TBA MLB 129 17 34 7 1 9 23 7 45 1 0 .281 .318 .579 .298 .307 9.6 3.9 1.4

Plate Discipline

2009 1856 0.4784 0.4908 0.7794 0.6700 0.3264 0.8790 0.5918 0.2206 722 -0.003583
2010 2115 0.4473 0.4558 0.7365 0.6321 0.3131 0.8144 0.6093 0.2635 866 0.018131
2011 2012 0.4587 0.4796 0.7492 0.6793 0.3104 0.8453 0.5710 0.2508 784 0.012418
2012 2324 0.4522 0.4565 0.7418 0.6166 0.3244 0.8364 0.5932 0.2582 924 0.014640
2013 1902 0.4527 0.4432 0.7153 0.6121 0.3036 0.8197 0.5411 0.2847 801 0.016194
2014 1500 0.4480 0.4693 0.6804 0.6384 0.3321 0.8159 0.4691 0.3196 596 0.026135
2015 2008 0.4572 0.4577 0.6768 0.6645 0.2835 0.7770 0.4790 0.3232 871 0.010441
2016 1680 0.4470 0.4631 0.6594 0.6551 0.3079 0.7805 0.4510 0.3406 0 0.000000
2017 484 0.4938 0.5331 0.6085 0.6987 0.3714 0.7126 0.4176 0.3915 0 0.000000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-26 2014-08-29 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness -
2014-07-03 2014-07-04 DTD 1 1 - Wrist Sprain Colliding with Wall -
2014-05-13 2014-06-18 15-DL 36 33 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-04-14 2014-04-17 DTD 3 1 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2014-03-01 2014-03-11 Camp 10 0 - Neck Soreness - -
2013-09-20 2013-09-30 15-DL 10 10 Left Contusion Errant Throw - -
2013-08-12 2013-09-13 15-DL 32 29 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-02-28 2013-03-09 Camp 9 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-08-11 2012-08-14 DTD 3 3 Right Groin Tightness - -
2012-08-04 2012-08-07 DTD 3 2 - Groin Strain - -
2011-09-25 2011-09-25 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-08-24 2011-09-16 15-DL 23 21 Right Wrist Sprain - -
2011-08-04 2011-08-04 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Contusion Middle Finger - -
2011-05-15 2011-05-18 DTD 3 3 Right Abdomen Soreness -
2011-05-09 2011-05-10 DTD 1 0 Right Abdomen Soreness -
2010-08-19 2010-08-26 DTD 7 6 Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-08-16 2010-08-17 DTD 1 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-07-10 2010-07-11 DTD 1 1 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-06-07 2010-06-09 DTD 2 2 Left Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2010-03-25 2010-03-28 Camp 3 0 Right Knee Soreness -
2009-09-07 2009-09-08 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Soreness Achilles Tendon -
2009-08-18 2009-08-19 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness Swollen Tonsils -
2009-07-27 2009-07-28 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Soreness Heel -
2009-07-23 2009-07-23 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Soreness Heel -
2009-06-29 2009-06-30 DTD 1 1 Abdomen Hernia Hernia -
2009-06-12 2009-06-13 DTD 1 1 Foot Contusion Heel -
2009-03-09 2009-03-13 Camp 4 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-07-23 2008-08-26 Minors 34 0 Right Knee Sprain -
2008-07-02 2008-07-18 Minors 16 0 Right Groin Strain -


Year Team Salary
2018 BAL $
2017 TBA $5,000,000
2016 HOU $15,800,000
2015 HOU $8,000,000
2014 TOR $7,000,000
2013 TOR $4,675,000
2012 TOR $2,700,000
2011 SLN $443,000
2010 SLN $418,000
2009 SLN $400,000
9 yrPrevious$44,436,000
9 yrTotal$44,436,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 103 dExcel Sports1 year (2018)

  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/21/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $3M in majors. May earn additional $2M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$5M (2017). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/30/17. Performance bonuses. $0.1M each for 400, 425, 450, 475 plate appearances. $0.2M for 500 PA. $0.4M for 525 PA. $0.5M each for 550, 575 PA. One-time $0.25M assignment bonus with trade. Placed on restricted list by Tampa Bay 7/13/17 (personal reasons).
  • 1 year/$15.8M (2016). Re-signed by Houston 11/12/15 (Rasmus accepted Houston's qualifying offer).
  • 1 year/$8M (2015). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/20/15.
  • 1 year/$7M (2014). Re-signed by Toronto 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.675M (2013). Re-signed by Toronto 1/14/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.7M (2012). Signed by Toronto 1/15/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.443M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11. Acquired by Toronto in trade from St. Louis 7/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.418M (2010). Re-signed 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed 3/09. Contract purchased by St. Louis 4/5/09.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2005 (1-28) (Russell County HS, Alabama). Signed 6/05, $1M signing bonus.

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10 vs L (Multi) .194 .285 .349 .238
11 vs R (Multi) .234 .303 .433 .262
11 vs U (Multi) .000 .000 .000 .000
18 Split (Multi) .040 .018 .084 .025
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .138 .222 .237 .183
31 vs R (2016) .226 .305 .389 .246
31 vs U (2016) .000 .000 .000 .000
38 Split (2016) .088 .082 .151 .064
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you ever hear about parents getting involved in the development of a prospect? I assume teams keep that under wraps, but it's bound to happen, right?
(Jack from Box)
Sure. Colby Rasmus probably the most recent famous example. A few others I can't really share of course. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should Brewers fans be concerned about the struggles Brett Phillips has had this season?
(Thatoneguy from Milwaukee)
I don't think so. Brett Phillips is the kind of prospect that gets underrated due to his low batting average. He's still a potential 15/20 guy in Miller Park with quality defense in center field. He may be a league-average regular, rather than a perennial All-Star, but guys like Colby Rasmus still have long big-league careers. (J.P. Breen)
2016-07-05 19:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of deal do you think Josh Reddick gets? Good defense, good power, some issues staying healthy, and he still struggles mightily with lefties.
(Todd from San Francisco)
That's an interesting question. He might get qualified, but he could also be one of the top free agents of this class...which makes him difficult to predict. Comp wise, he's close to Colby Rasmus, who took the qualifying offer. Alex Gordon took a 4 year, 72 MM deal. Reddick possibly ends up between them, both on years and cash. (Kate Morrison)
2015-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)So, uh, Colby Rasmus?
(Prospect Lover from New Yawk)
Well it had to work one of these years. - JP (AL Wild Card Game Chat)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Do you like Pompey as an everyday option in CF for the Blue Jays?
(Denis from Toronto, ONT, CAN)
As opposed to what? Mike Trout? No. But Pompey is probably the Blue Jays best option. I suppose they could have re-signed Colby Rasmus, but that ship kinda sailed. If his defense is as advertised then they should be fine getting runs from elsewhere. (Matthew Kory)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Would Colby Rasmus to the Orioles be a good fit?
(Chris from Baltimore)
Rasmus would be a good fit for a lot of teams if he can keep him in a secondary role as a fourth outfielder or platoon player. The Orioles may be a team that could benefit from his services in a more limited capacity, but I think he'll end up getting a more regular role and more money from another team. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)John Gibbons said yesterday that, if the Blue Jays roster remained unchanged between now and the start of the season, he'd love to see Dalton Pompey out there in CF. Let's assume that only one OF is signed to replace Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera (assuming he doesn't return): is there any realistic chance of Pompey making the Opening Day roster and playing CF/LF ahead of both Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar?
(Nick from London, UK)
There's absolutely a chance of that. Pompey impressed a ton this year and the offensive/defensive potential projects to play in a big way at the MLB level. He's got the all-around skills to be a far better player than Gose or Pillar, and if he shows even reasonably well in spring training, he could walk away with the Opening Day job and never look back. Pompey's real....very real and he's going to be a factor in Toronto sooner than people realize. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea what's wrong with Jason Heyward? And for that matter ... what's been wrong with him now for two years?
(Brian from New York (NY))
No clue. He's been the hardest player for me to figure out in the majors really the last four years. (Colby Rasmus being the runner-up). I always assume he could be hurt, but if not, I have no idea where the power went. (Zachary Levine)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think we finally see a breakout for Colby Rasmus?
(George from AZ)
George, I considered last year his breakout. Maybe he gets a little better, but that was his big leap forward for me. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'm going for it in our AL only keeper league. Is it time to jettison Straily for help right now? If so how would you order Pettitte, Danks, and JSaunders? Also, is MSaunders a big donwgrade from Colby Rasmus? Thanks very much!
(conjoinedtwins from Orillia ON)
Hi to you both.

Flags fly forever. If Dan Straily can improve your team this year, do it.

Of those three pitchers, you have them in the right order. Andy Pettitte's ERA is high, but his peripheral numbers show a better pitcher lurking in there. John Danks has been OK, but I still have some concerns about how he'll hold up and he is a weaker play against stronger teams. Even in AL-only, Joe Saunders is an at-home play only. He's poison to your chances of winning if you start him on the road.

I wouldn't exactly call Michael Saunders a big downgrade from Colby Rasmus, but he is a downgrade. As Bret Sayre talked about on a recent Towers of Power fantasy podcast, Rasmus' batting average is fueled by a strong BABIP, and his BA isn't even THAT good. You're losing BA/runs/RBI with Saunders, but some of that is luck-dependent. I prefer Rasmus, but if you can improve your team elsewhere, Saunders is an acceptable replacement and isn't a zero. Good luck. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Colby Rasmus going to be good ever?
(Aaron from Detroit)
He's slugging .577 now so that's pretty good. Other than that, maybe set your time machine for 2010. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Bonifacio killing it this spring, is there any recent indication that he might actually get the Toronto 2B job over Izturis?
(christpuncher1 from Springfield)
I wouldn't overreact to spring training performances, but if Bonifacio keeps hitting, I think he'll find his way into the Blue Jays lineup regularly. His versatility might make him more valuable in a utility role, where he could earn playing time by spelling Colby Rasmus against lefties, for example. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)can Colby Rasmus finally put his tools to use and have a breakout season along the lines of 280/30hr/90rbi?
(Kai from SLO)
Well, put it this way--PECOTA projects 11 players to hit 30 homers or more this season. A 30-homer projection isn't something I'd take lightly. He could of course, and many more surprising things than that will happen this baseball season, but I'm not really expecting a Rasmus breakout. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have we seen everything we need to see out of Colby Rasmus, or is there reason to hold out hope he can still be a superstar and/or get his OBP above .340?
(John from Chicago)
John, I wouldn't hold out for superstar status out of Rasmus but I do think there's some chicken left on the bone. That being said, it's possible he never beats his 2010 production (though he could still contribute to a good team). (R.J. Anderson)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which former top prospect do you think has a better chance of turning into an allstar caliber player, Cameron Maybin or Colby Rasmus?
(Art from Lake Forest)
Maybe Rasmus, who has more power and could more easily withstand a move to a corner (his defensive numbers are bad). But I'm not keen on either becoming perennial All-Stars based upon what we've seen so far. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Of the Jays three failed players in 2011 Travis Snider, Colby Rasmus, Kyle Drabek, and Adam Lind, who do you think will put out the most production in 2012?
(Steve from Canada)
I was surprised to see Snider go down this week, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Drabek this week, as he looked really good. I'll go with Drabek. I see little reason to be optimistic about Rasmus or Lind. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does PECOTA handle guys like Colby Rasmus or Milton Bradley (or, on the positive side of the ledger, Josh Hamilton) whose obvious off-the-field issues clearly affect their performances? Does the search for comparables include a search for comparable behavior problems?
(Bill from New Mexico)
That isn't something we can quantify a lot of the time. In the case of someone like Hamilton, it may play into some things we CAN quantify, like his playing time. (Colin Wyers)
2012-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks as always, KG. I was wondering if you could comment on and compare two mid-20s, struggling, former top prospects that will be spending the spring with new hitting coaches: Gordon Beckham and Colby Rasmus. I know that both are dart throws, but which would you bet on bouncing back? What are their new ceilings, if any?
(smallflowers from slumpton)
I'd bet on Beckham first, but wouldn't bet big on either. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Colby Rasmus in 2012? 20/20 potential is there. Will the change of scenery to Toronto work for him?
(PJ from Bronx)
I've never been a big Rasmus fan, as I said even before this season that I thought he'd be a disappointment. The move to Toronto will certainly help him, and there's potential, but his 2010 was a bit lucky. I could see him approaching 20 HR, but 20 SB probably not. He's not a guy I'll be explicitly targeting. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we expect out of Colby Rasmus in 2012? On a similar note, I was arguing with another owner in my league that Rasmus and Alex Gordon are very similar . . . big hype, not much in the way of production except for one year (Rasmus in 2010, Gordon in 2011 - their numbers in each of those seasons are VERY similar). What do you think of the comparison between the two?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
I like Gordon more, and I liked Gordon's breakout chances last year better than Rasmus's this year. I didn't buy Rasmus's power in 2010, so I don't expect another near-25 HR season in 2012, though the Rogers Centre should help him a little. Overall just not that impressed with Rasmus. There's upside, but I'm letting someone else take the risk. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, it's hilarious to listen to Toronto sports talk radio, in light of St. Louis' victory, turning 180 degrees, and now trashing the Colby Rasmus trade. Apparently Dotel and Rzepczynski were all we needed to take off the Yankees. Having said that, do Colby and his father find a happy home here.
(DPaton from Toronto)
I thought Canadians were supposed to be friendly? You know, at the time of that trade, I wrote, "Still, while most observers might be convinced that the Cardinals gave up the best player in the deal, they needn't start writing their NL Central concession speech-this is still a win-now trade for the team," and added, "It's after this season-ironically, when La Russa may no longer be at the reigns-that the Cardinals will pay the price for being short-sighted." Whatever price they do pay going forward almost certainly won't be big enough to cancel out a World Series win, so in that sense, the trade won't be a loss for St. Louis (even though it's not fair to evaluate the thinking that led to it like that).
That doesn't mean it was a terrible trade for Toronto, though. Rasmus' -0.8 WARP performance for the Jays down the stretch certainly didn't endear him to Blue Jays fans, but he's much better than that. Once the kneejerk, "Hey, they won the World Series with our players, why couldn't we do that" reaction fades and Rasmus plays himself out of the red, the tenor of those talk-radio calls should improve. Plus, how could they not be happy in the beautiful city of Toronto, home of brilliant power pop practitioners Sloan? (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there hope yet for Gordon Beckham? I have such a hard time believing he's little more than a Scrappy Anklebiter type, but wow, that's not a good line this year. Please also repeat this question with Colby Rasmus.
(JT from Michigan)
Beckham's production will improve, but don't expect first-division results. Solid-avg type if he returns to form. Rasmus is going to be very good next year. I'm still a big fan. (Jason Parks)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)It would understate it somewhat to say that Colby Rasmus hasn't exactly flourished now that he's out from under La Russian tyranny. I realize it's still too small a sample size to conclude that he's damaged goods, but how long will it be before the sample size is large enough to start worrying? Seems like a lot of the optimism about the Jays must be based on him being a major plus, and I'm starting to wonder about that.
(BillJ from New Mexico)
It's a small sample size, and let's not forget how disruptive it is to change teams, particularly with the added scrutiny and pressure that Rasmus' particular situation has created. We've seen what Rasmus can do over the course of a season in which he's been subject to less meddling and manipulation, and I'd like to see what he does with a whole season - spring training included - with the Jays' coaching staff helping him instead of the mixed messages he was dealing with in STL. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What likely output can we expect of Colby Rasmus next year?
(James from Calgary)
Well, maybe it wasn't all TLR's fault, as he's hardly been the cat's pajamas with Toronto. I don't want to rule out a big bounceback season, but you never want to predict those. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome, and stock Canada baseball question: How well do you see the Colby Rasmus acquisition working out for the Jays? Will his dad ever cease being a pain in the, er, anatomy to the point that the Jays' coaching staff can get his potential to actually come out?
(Bill from New Mexico)
He'll be fine. Throughout baseball history, Tony LaRussa's stink eye has never been a disqualifier for greatness. (Sam Miller)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following players according to who will have the best career: Colby Rasmus, Desmond Jennings, Dexter Fowler and Cam Maybin.
(Kent from Coppell TX)
Rasmus followed closely by Jennings. I think Rasmus will flourish away from LaRussa (Jason Collette)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think this is the year for Colby Rasmus's big breakout or will he disappoint again?
(Kieran from Springfield, VA)
Nope, I thought Rasmus was a bit lucky last year. He's not bad, but he's not a guy I'm banking on a breakout for this year. I think what we've seen so far is pretty close to what we'll see the rest of the way. (Derek Carty)
2011-02-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What to expect from Colby Rasmus this year...PECOTA is making me want to cry...
(Andy from Chicago)
I'm more bullish than PECOTA -- there are multiple All-Star games in his future, if he wants them. The kid needs to take his defense more seriously, though. (Ken Funck)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every player's a five tool player although some tools are better than others. That said, let's try for established players, CarGo, Shin-Soo, David Wright, and Nelson Cruz. David Wright, Colby Rasmus, and Chase Utley might qualify.
(Bob from Seattle)
Yes siree, Bob! I'll keep that in mind, but mostly I just wanted to say that to someone actually named Bob. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm really enjoying the expanded fantasy coverage here-- keep up the good work. I'm in a 12-team keeper league and choosing 2 of Jennings, C. Young (OF-AZ), Rasmus, Hellickson, and J. Sanchez. Sanchez would cost me slightly more than the others (higher draft pick) under our league rules. I'm leaning Young and Hellickson-- thoughts?
(Dave from Ann Arbor)
Excellent! I was very glad we were able to bring Jason Collette on board, bring Craig Brown back for another season, and give you another season of Hot Spots coverage as well. We have some more plans in store for you, with a lot of additional content and new angles, but we'll roll it out when it's ready and keep you guessing in the meantime.

I like Colby Rasmus a whole lot. Chris Young is good, but I'm not sure his ceiling is what we used to think it was (which I know I, for one, felt was considerable in its height). Right now, Young has the edge thanks to stolen bases, but Rasmus is three years younger and already nearly as valuable. I would be hard-pressed to not keep him. Hellickson should be excellent. Sanchez probably has value in a trade--might be worth exploring. (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've got an outfield heavy team in an 11 team, standard 5x5 league with 5 keepers (boring, I know). I'm currently thinking David Wright, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Justin Verlander and Matt Latos. But I also have Jay Bruce, Colby Rasmus and Cole Hamels as options. I've recently had the skill of kicking ass drafting starting pitching in the 9th-15th rounds, but who knows if that continues... Am I keeping the worst OF in Upton just because of hype? Which five of those eight do you keep?
(Adam from Philly)
I would see what you can get in a trade for Upton--I think he turns into something great, but you might find someone who buys him on the hype of his turning into even more. I would keep Bruce over Kemp though. Verlander/Latos is the right call for the SP, thanks to their respective parks. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better fantasy season in '11: Andrew McCutchen or Colby Rasmus? I'm concerned about the Cards re-working Colby's swing so he "hits more singles." WTF?
(Sanders from CT)
McCutchen in 2009: .286/.365/.471, 22 SB. McCutchen in 2010: .286/.365/.449, 33 SB. Both years are very valuable and I actually think his true level of power is in between both of those slugs. He could even step forward this year and be a 20-20 guy. With Rasmus you have a player with a higher ceiling -- I don't see McCutchen being more than a .290/.365/.465 hitter, while Rasmus could be very similar to Jim Edmonds. For next season, however, it really depends on your desire to withstand risk. McCutchen is more of a sure thing, but Rasmus has the higher ceiling. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)With all of the wackiness about Rasmus in STL (his dad besmirching the franchise on a message board?), is there any chance the GM blinks and trades him away? More or less valuable than Upton?
(JT from Michigan)
I think the Cardinals are smart enough to realize that Colby Rasmus' dad is not Colby Rasmus, and yes, I'd rather have him than either Upton, which is why I figure they can so easily turn the other cheek. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)To be fair, we had more than a small chance at success, I had the force behind me. And a wookie.
(Luke from Bullseyeing Womp Rats)
Plus, you were smart enough not to trade Colby Rasmus before heading into battle. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Today, there's a rumor that the Blue Jays will trade for Colby Rasmus: what would you think the cost would be? How likely could this be? Please be kind: all of us Blue Jays fans feel today like Lawrence Fishbourne did a few months ago.
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would say that the Cardinals would definitely want one of the Jays' top young startnig pitchers to start with, likely Shaun Marcum, along with another player or prospect. However, I don't get the sense the Cardinals have Rasmus on the trading block despite his rocky (at times) relationship with Tony La Russa. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)So where am I at this time next year?
(T. La Russa from Missouri, for now)
Probably writing Colby Rasmus into the lineup and pretending you don't mind. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whither my Cardinals? While I'd like to see things turn around, they clearly gambled and lost this year in picking up some plug-ins (e.g. Pedro Feliz) hoping to catch lightning. So what should the offseason hold in store for them?
(biggreentevas from Oakland CA )
The Cardinals withered, and it all comes back to the offense's tumble once they essentially traded Ludwick for Westbrook and started playing a regressing Jon Jay over Colby Rasmus. As to their offseason, the first question is whether LaRussa is coming back, because the team should be built in consultation with whoever's managing. But I do think the team's got to do resolve the Rasmus issue one way or the other, and do something to stabilize the middle infield with players better than Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-23 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a more underrated everyday player out there than Colby Rasmus? I feel embarrassed when I open Cardinals emails saying "Holliday needs your help getting to the ASG," as it should be Rasmus...
(Mark from Springfield)
I mean, there may be. Shin-Soo Choo is probably the guy I'd nominate as most underrated, but the trick about this sort of question is that there could be someone who because he's even more underrated than Choo that I'm not even aware of him. I dunno, where I'm at there's plenty of Cards fans (we have their single-A team in town, which encourages it) so I hear plenty about Rasmus. Maybe I'm wrong here. (Colin Wyers)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Travis Snider, Adam Jones, Colby Rasmus, Nate McLouth and Hunter Pence in a 10-team mixed league - how good/worthless do you expect that outfield to be by the end of the season?
(ravenight from Boston)
I think Pence, McLouth and Jones are definite candidates to improve on their poor starts. Colby Rasmus has been doing a better job with the strike zone this year and seems to have a better understanding of pitches he can do something with, so I think he's finally going to have that breakout year we've been waiting for. Snider I'm hopeful for, but if you make me pick one he's probably the one I think the development will be slowest for. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)Better overall player now and in 5 years: Adam Jones or Colby Rasmus?
(Frank Sobotka from Baltimore)
I'd take Jones if only for the track record.

Re-elect Frank Sobotka for Secretary-Treasurer, I.B.S. Local 1514. Sorry about what happened to you, man. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-23 16:30:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team, 5x5 mixed league roto, no keepers. I currently have Colby Rasmus, Austin Jackson, and Chris Young on my team as possibles for my 5th outfield spot. Steals are my weakest point offensively (project to finish in the bottom 3), so I'm also looking at Lastings Milledge and Scott Podsednik on the waiver wire. Who should I be starting to begin the season, and should I drop one of my OFs to pick up Milledge or Podsednik?
(Matt from California)
I'm not a fantasy baseball player actually, so it's tough to answer a question like this. I'll comment on the players rather than on their fantasy value. I will point out, though, that the question is not whether you are in bottom three in steals, but where the MARGINAL gains are. Are you particularly close to the 4th and 5th worst? Or are you in better striking distance of the better HR teams? As for Rasmus, I'm pretty bullish on his BABIP. He hits the ball hard and well. I'll have that up later this week. Similarly, I'm down on Chris Young's BABIP. I'm not sure he'll match his PECOTA projection unless he stops popping up so much. Milledge is always a question mark, and may not start. I see Podsednik being more likely to keep getting chances to steal. If Milledge stinks, the Pirates might not play him. (Matt Swartz)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)An article ( today about the Cardinals' Colby Rasmus discusses his (and other rookies') difficulties in "fitting in" in the St. Louis clubhouse/how it's not a good environment for young guys and potential effects on performance. Thoughts?
(Charles from St. Louis)
I haven't read the article, but I'm going to hedge a bit on this. There is evidence that a toxic workplace environment in other occupations reduces performance, but no one has done this in baseball. I've mentioned before that if I (or someone who had the proper training) had access to multiple MLB clubhouses, then the theory and instrumentation for studying this sort of effect is already out there. I do believe that there could be an effect, but I also wouldn't take a player's word for it either. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm partial to earthy super-Tuscan blends. Anywho..., Colby Rasmus seems to be in a better place this spring. Being a young ballplayer sometimes isn't so easy as it seems.
(gluckschmerz from Tuscany)
Good point... and yes. I've always wondered if it doesn't make more sense to pair up rookies, especially if it's on a team with a lot of veterans. If you're the one guy under 30, for the sake of argument, and the pennant's assumed as something of a birthright, of course it can be tough to adapt and integrate yourself into that environment. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are we any closer to getting your picks for surprise stars from each of the playoff teams?
(Frank Costanza from Queens)
It's like asking me eight questions at once. Not easy. Brett Gardner. Billy Wagner. Aubrey Huff. Erick Aybar. Chan Ho Park. Colby Rasmus. Hong-Chih Kuo. Dexter Fowler. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Colby Rasmus and Brett Wallace having moved on, does Shelby Miller go straight to the #1 spot in the Cardinals' system? If not, who does?
(Bill from New Mexico)
He certainly does in my book. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for recommending Valkyria Chronicles on PS3, it was a great pick up! Question: Adam Jones 2009=Colby Rasmus 2010 for fantasy purposes?
(jbuofm from Peoria)
No problem! Have you played any of the available DLC for it yet? I haven't checked it out, but I plan to during one of the next lulls in release schedules.

I like that comp for projection purposes, especially since Rasmus has done well at times this year. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on the future production of Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus? What is their upside as you see it and who gets there first? Thanks.
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Fowler's upside is Kenny Lofton, but maybe more of a Devon White type of player. Rasmus...Curtis Granderson? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Christina. Who do you like better over the next few years: Colby Rasmus or Jordan Schafer? Is it even close?
(Dennis from LA)
Schafer by a country mile, with no slight intended for Rasmus. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Having answered the Kershaw/Joba Q, same thing for outfielders: who has the better year, Jay Bruce or Colby Rasmus? Or is Raz going to continue to be behind the TLR eight-ball and get stuck in the minors again?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Bruce just because he's more certain to play. The Cardinals aren't doing the best job of aligning their talent at the moment, and I still think they should solve that by trading Ryan Ludwick for a middle-infield solution. Maybe that deal isn't available, but I'd try like hell to make it happen. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm day dreaming about two Cardinals ROY winners in a row with Colby Rasmus and Brett Wallace - am I being wildly unrealistic?
(Dave from STL)
Because you apologized...

I don't think Rasmus will play enough in the year he exhausts his eligibility to win. Wallace...I could definitely see him winning in '10. He'll hit the ground running, a hitter from the day he gets the job. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which impact Prospect (who hasn't seen big league action yet) makes a a big splash in Spring Training?
(DanLong from NY)
I'l go with a healthy Colby Rasmus, since Matt Wieters is way too easy. If I need someone more obscure...Engel Beltre. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Tell us, O trademeister (I've never heard the term "trademistress"): Do the Cardinals trade Colby Rasmus during the off season?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Hi Bill... actually, I prefer the term "editrix," but try putting that on a business card. I don't think so, no; Rasmus' value is down because of his injury-plagued season, so I can't see the Cards getting value, nor do I see all that much incentive for them to give up on him already. And to be blunt, as cool as the last two years of Ludwick's production have been, would you bank on anybody past Rick Ankiel? Can we even bank on Ankiel. That's not to say I don't like them, it's a fascinating group of talent, but I don't know if I'd have the confidence to deal from it. To say that John Mozeliak has some interesting options would be an understatement. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat) Would you say that Willie Mays is a good comp for Colby Rasmus.
(Clonod from St. Louis)
Comparing anyone to Willie Mays is ridiculous. Don't do that. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your guess at a major's ETA for Colby Rasmus & Fernando Martinez, given their slow starts in 2008? April 2009?
(Goldeye99 from Canadian Prairies)
Rasmus - Aug. 08; Martinez - June '09. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Mets play the arbitration-eligibility game, even if Martinez's performance begins to demand a promotion, which it hasn't yet. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Colby Rasmus?
(Bodhizefa from Chapel Thrill, NC)
If you figure that out, the Cardinals would love to hear from you. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina: If you are the Cards, how do you sort the crowded outfield situation? Trade Skip while he's hot? Hope that Dunc sorts it out then trade him? Hold them all and hold a steel cage match? Other?
(Jason from A Dull, dull meeting....)
Nobody's going to give you much for Schumaker, so the one I'd dangle would be Duncan. Beyond that, just let Ankiel keep on keeping on, pat yourself on the back for picking Barton, eventually let Schumaker slip back into "good reserve" status once he cools off, and anticipate having Colby Rasmus somewhere out there in 2009. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Colby Rasmus was sent down. Do you think he could start off strong like Hunter Pence or Ryan Braun last year in the PCL. Also what's your thoughts on Jurrijens strong spring and the Braves.
(mike from Utica,NY)
I don't get this move at all. If Rasmus rates the way everyone says he does, don't you make room for him sooner rather than later? According to the depth charts, Skip Schumaker is going to get some time in the outfield now. Realizing he's just a placeholder, why not get Rasmus in there now? The Cardinals are not destined for great things this year, so it's a perfect time to get a rookie into it from the start. Failing that, I think it will end up as Mike foretells, with Rasmus coming along a little later. I'm not saying we're going to see a Pence/Braun-type debut, but it will be good news for St. Louis when he comes. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm sure you're hearing this from everyone...but what are you seeing with Pujols' value in light of all the surgery talk? I'm in a 10-team 5x5 league that keeps 2 players per team, and I'm sure that Pujols won't be kept in that league. Given that, how far do you let him go before you give it a shot?
(stevedevries from Boston, MA)
Got into a good discussion about this with the Fantasy 411 guys and Will Carroll. I still see Pujols as a late-first, early-second pick. It really comes down to your risk tolerance.

The critical factor is the Cards' performance. They probably can't win anything this year, but you could make a case for 2009. So there's not much reason for Pujols to put that season at risk once we know 2008 is a dead issue.

So Pujols' playing time is as much tied to Chris Carpenter's comeback, and Rick Ankiel's development, and Colby Rasmus' playing time, as his own elbow. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion, do you think Colby Rasmus can win the center field spot in spring training or does St. Louis send him to AAA and call him up in May when St.Louis is 10 games out of 1st.
(Mike from Utica,NY)
From a personnel management standpoint, there's no reason to bring him up before June 15 or so. The Cards aren't winning anything this year, so let him tear up Triple-A for 10 weeks, while you save money down the road. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Colby Rasmus and when do you expect him in the majors.
(Mike from St.Louis)
In our celebrity Scoresheet League we ran last season, I drafted Rasmus late in the draft, and then when I needed to trade for a thumper late in the year, I traded Andrew McCutchen for Jim Thome rather than give up Rasmus. So I think he's a stud. If Jay Bruce is Larry Walker, Rasmus is Larry Walker Lite. Just temper your expectations for 2008. (Rany Jazayerli)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Colby Rasmus next year. He hit .275 but if you throw out June and July when he was ill then your talking about a kid who had a .340 average in AA. Could you see him becoming a better all around player than Jay Bruce and a 8-10 time AS in center.
(Mike from Utica,NY)
I really like Rasmus, though I'm not sure if he's going to be as good as I think Bruce will be. I'm also developing an irrational interest in Bruce's career though, after some of the work I've done this winter so far. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Cardinals offering Chris Duncan, Anthony Reyes and your choice of Wellemeyer, Thompson or Jiminez for Tom Gorzelany?
(Jack from (Charleston, WV))
As much as I really, really like Gorzelanny, that's too much to give up. But then I can't shake the anticipation I have of seeing the Cards line up a trio of lefty-hitting howitzers in their outfield at some point: Rick Ankiel, Duncan, and Colby Rasmus. That's just a fun bunch to have at your disposal. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good afternoon, Joe. What's your opinion on prospect quality vs. quantity? Is it better to accumulate a large stockpile of prospects, albeit none of them elite (i.e. Rangers) or showcase a small number of elite guys (see Reds, Cincinatti)?
(Or from Dallas)
You win with superstars, so I suspect I'd rather have the latter. One Jay Bruce or Colby Rasmus is worth two or three guys on the next level down.

This runs counter to the idea that you develop pitchers by having a bunch of them and living with the survivors, of course.

I don't think the two ideas are necessarily mutually exclusive, but as I type this my brain is struggling to reconcile the two. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can you see Colby Rasmus becoming? Is he Sizemore good or better?
(Mike from Utica,NY)
That's a pretty good comp. There could be more power, although in fairness, I expected more power from Sizemore.

He also could grow out of center end up like...hmmm...peak Magglio Ordonez? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the comparables scouts use when describing Colby Rasmus?
(Fred Bird from The Lou)
He's a guy some scouts have difficulty putting a comp on. He's obviously a great prospect and a great athlete, but there's some funk to his game. You can't argue with the results, but he's really not a fluid kind of player. (Kevin Goldstein)

BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableNotable on the long-ball front is the fact that Scott Rolen nearly went deep twice. Colby Rasmus went above the wall to steal what what would have been his second earlier today. (David Laurila)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableI do believe that Mr. Colby Rasmus has gone deep. He will do that many more times this season. (David Laurila)

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