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Outfielder Colby Rasmus was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Scott Nichols and made his pro debut that year with the Johnson City Cardinals, hitting .296 with 7 home runs, 27 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 62 games. He began the 2006 campaign with the Swing of the Quad Cities, where he hit .310 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs and swiped 17 bases. He was then promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals, with whom he hit .254 with 5 home runs, 35 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.

Rasmus went 0 for 2 as the backup CF to Justin Upton for the USA in the 2007 Futures Game.

Rasmus was with Team USA for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He hit .382/.500/.706 to lead the team in OPS, beating out tourney MVP Jayson Nix. Rasmus made the tourney All-Star outfield alongside Frederich Cepeda and Trent Oeltjen; he was one of two players from the US to make the All-Star cut. He hit a leadoff homer against David Bergman in the US's 5-0 semifinal win over the Dutch national team and hit a 3-run inside-the-park homer against Spain. The US won the Gold Medal, the first time it had done so in a Baseball World Cup in over 30 years.

Colby Rasmus made the Cardinals' roster in spring training 2009. In his major league debut on April 7, he went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played 147 games as a rookie, with a batting line of .251/.307/.407, with 22 doubles and 16 homers. He went 4 for 9 with three doubles in the Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He followed up his solid rookie year by taking another step forward in 2010, when he hit .276/.361/..498 in 144 games. He hit 28 doubles, 23 homers and drove in 66 runs as the cards' center fielder. However, he failed to build on this early success in 2011, as he fell back to .246 in 94 games and had some run-ins with manager Tony LaRussa. On July 27th, the Cardinals traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays as the key player in an 8-player deal that brought P Edwin Jackson to St. Louis. he had a rough start to his Blue Jay carrer, starting off 0 for 13, before banging out a pair of doubles off the Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson on July 31st.

Rasmus is the brother of pitcher Cory Rasmus and Casey Rasmus, and the son of minor leaguer Tony Rasmus. Cory and Colby had played together for years while growing up, but had never faced each other as professionals until shortly after Cory's major league debut with the Atlanta Braves. On May 27, 2013, the Braves visited Toronto for a series of interleague games and Colby got the best of their first match-up, doubling off his brother in the 7th inning of a 9-3 Blue Jays win.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (2010, 2012 & 2013)

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