Don’t Bite On Rasmus’ Potential

By: Chris Dommermuth

I would like to warn all of you to not put too much emphasis on Colby Rasmus’ recent hot streak for the Blue Jays. Since May 18th he has seen his batting average rise from .203 to where he currently sits at .246. Quite a jump, but lets also look into these numbers.

Rasmus has just 4 multi-hit games in the 17 games since that streak, and has been hit less in just as many games. This “streak” has been culminated by a 5-5 day last Tuesday against the White Sox.

Maybe he is getting comfortable with American League pitching, maybe he’s starting to realize the out-of-this-world potential that he has yet to realize.

The former-Cardinals top prospect was touted as a possible 30/30 outfielder once he matured into an everyday player.While with the Cardinals we heard the former- Manager Tony LaRussa was “holding” Rasmus back, or trying to “sabotage” his career.

These kind of excuses and cry-baby attitude forced the Cardinals to part ways with Rasmus in a trade that brought a key piece to their championship in Edwin Jackson.

I’ve told owners for years to try to look at the player without the potential factor. Look at the player as just a player. Obviously this doesn’t always pertain┬áto fantasy situations, especially when involving possible keepers, but does anyone really think of Colby Rasmus as a keeper at this point? No.

Rasmus used to have plenty of potential, but that shine on his potential has been dulled. Lets look at him as a normal player trying to find his way as a major leaguer, and not as a prized prospect who has yet to reach his potential.

Over Rasmus’ three full seasons he has averaged 18 home runs, 57 RBI’s, and 7 stolen bases, while hitting .251. What about that tells you he, one, should be on a fantasy roster, and two, should now be picked up just because he has had two solid weeks.

His batting average for the April was .232 and .237 in May, which is much closer to what kind of hitter he is then what his “potential” says.

The best season of Rasmus career was in 2010 when he had 23 homer runs, 66 RBI’s, and 12 stolen bases, while hitting .276. Even those stats make a border-line fantasy outfielder.

There are plenty of other options at outfield if you’re indeed desperate enough to think about picking-up Rasmus. Guys like Alex Rios and Angel Pagan are much better options and both do a little bit of everything.

I’m aware Rios causes a bad taste in many owners mouths, and believe me I know this first hand, but he’s having a solid 2012 season. While hitting a very solid .293, Rios is on pace to go just under 20/20 while still driving in around 90 RBI’s.

Don’t bite on the potential of Rasmus, continue looking at players as what they are, not what they could be.

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