Toronto Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus Is A Wild Horse
With Colby’s flowing locks and his speedy legs and quiet, laid back personality, he reminds me of a wild horse, hence the centaur image above that I Gimped. Colby Rasmus really has had a terrific season that nearly matched his 2010 breakout campaign with the Cardinals. Now a whole bunch of praise was heaped on him already over at Jays Journal so I’m not going to re-hash all of that. However, I want to point out that if Colby can continue his new maintenance program that he started this year with former Jays hitting coach Chad Mottola, and stay comfortable in the box against tough lefties, there’s no telling what he’s capable of producing in 2014, the last year he’s under team control before free agency.
With his time thus far spent with the Blue Jays, fans have seen glimpses of greatness with him, and they’ve always wondered what he can produce if he was more consistent day in and day out. In 2013, while not perfect, I found he was much more consistent since he had a .816/.910 OPS split in the first half/second half of the year compared to 2012 where he put up a .821/.515 OPS split in the two halves of the year. Even versus lefties, he’s shown considerable improvement in 2013 batting .893 OPS vs. righties and .712 OPS vs. lefties compared to 2012 where he hit .740 OPS vs. righties and .554 OPS vs. lefties. What ever he’s doing, I hope he keeps it up much like this homer he cranked against Andy Pettitte.
In regards to his fielding, what I find peculiar is that Rasmus wasn’t even considered a finalist for the A.L. Gold Glove awards that were announced last week. Rasmus, who sported an 11 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in CF was second in the league behind Lorenzo Cain, and yet the award went to Adam Jones, a -2 DRS fielder. It’s pretty clear the award voters haven’t caught on yet how good of a fielder Rasmus is.
There’s been some speculation as to how the Blue Jays will be able to make upgrades this offseason given the lack of sufficient minor league assets to deal without depleting the system, one wonders if dealing Rasmus is even in the cards. It’s been reported that the Diamondbacks want a left handed slugger, so Rasmus could be a fit there in exchange for starting pitchers like Brandon McCarthy or Trevor Cahill for instance. However, I really don’t think that’s the best route for the Jays to go. They simply cannot afford to deal one of their big sluggers and leave center field open to a young and inexperienced Anthony Gose if they want to compete for the playoffs.
At the end of the day, Jays fans should relish what they’ve seen in Rasmus this past year and look fondly towards what’s possible for 2014. Keep it up Colby, keep it up.