Friday, April 23, 2010

Colby Finally Steps Up to the Plate

Coming out of high school, Colby Rasmus was one of the most highly touted prospects we've seen in a while. Here was a small town, Alabama boy being known for breaking Bo Jackson's home run totals in the Alabama high school record book.

Since 2005, Rasmus has proven himself to be a power hitter full of potential. Whether it was in the Texas League or Major League, Colby raked.

The 2010 season started off with no surprise as Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI. He went 2-for-2 the next game. At this point, some thought this was Rasmus' All Star Year.

Then the start of a nine game skid began. Rasmus went a horrid 1-for-22 over about a week and a half.

"My swing wasn't feeling good," said Rasmus. "It felt good beginning (the season) in Cincinnati. Then it started going away on me."

Couldn't have said it any better.

Rasmus swing wasn't good; nothing out of the ordinary to the human eye, but Colby just looked different at the plate.

As a result of Rasmus' swing not "feeling good," he resorted to trying to draw walks, which is never a good thing. Rasmus began to look at rather good pitches as well as try and swing at bad ones. He struck out...a lot. In fact, he's on track for about 140 K's this year (give-or-take).

Rasmus changed all that with a blink of an eye on Wednesday.

A career night for Colby consisted of two HRs and a triple in route to a 9-4 win over the D-Backs. The night alone jumped Rasmus' batting average from .225 to .273.

More importantly, though, was the fact that the Redbirds won. Wednesday night proved Colby Rasmus' importance to this already powerful lineup.

The Redbirds can only rely on guys like Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Ludwick so much. Other guys will need to step up in order for this team to be championship caliber.

Colby Rasmus is their guy. The team is rooting for him. St. Louis is rooting for him. I'm rooting for him. He could be the future of this team.

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