|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 28|
August 11, 1986 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|April 7, 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through May 18, 2013)
|Runs batted in||264|
|Competitor for USA|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2007 Tianmu||National team|
Early years 
Rasmus played as pitcher and first baseman for Phenix City National Little League during the 1999 Little League World Series. Phenix City won the United States championship game before losing in the finals to Osaka, Japan 5–0. Rasmus finished the World Series with a batting average of .417 and a pitching record of 0–1 with 7 strikeouts.
Rasmus attended Russell County High School in Seale, Alabama. As a senior, he batted .484 with 24 home runs with 66 RBI and 69 runs scored in 39 games. His 24 home runs passed Bo Jackson for second all-time in the state for home runs in a season by a high school player. In a pre-draft workout, Rasmus was clocked at 95 mph (153 km/h) throwing from center field. He also ran 60 yards in 6.7 seconds. Rasmus helped lead Russell County to a national championship in 2005 as they finished the season ranked first in both the National High School Baseball Coaches Association poll and the USA TODAY Super 25 baseball rankings. Rasmus graduated from Russell County High School in 2005.
Professional career 
Minor leagues (2005–2008) 
Rasmus was drafted by the Cardinals with the 28th pick of the first round out of high school. The pick was sent to the Cardinals from the Boston Red Sox in compensation for the Red Sox signing Edgar Rentería in free agency. Rasmus received a $1,000,000 signing bonus from the Cardinals.
Rasmus ended his 2006 season, his second in professional baseball, on the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals team. Between Low-A Quad Cities and High-A Palm Beach, he combined for a .288 average, 16 home runs, 26 doubles, He won the Player of the Month Award in August, batting .365 with 12 home runs.
The Tulsa Drillers (Double-A) manager, Stu Cole, commented on Rasmus' high level of talent: "If there was a five-tool player in the league last year, Rasmus was the one. He brought everything to the table. And defensively he made more plays to save his team runs. If the ball was in the air there was a chance you were going to see something exciting."
For the 2007 season, Rasmus was assigned to the Springfield Cardinals, Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Later, he played in the Arizona Fall League during winter of 2007 for Team USA. He batted .286 over six games.
He was a non-roster invitee to the Cardinals in spring training, 2008 trying to claim a regular spot in the lineup after the Cardinals traded Jim Edmonds on December 15, 2007. On March 17, 2008, the Cardinals assigned Rasmus to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
Major leagues (2009–2011) 
St. Louis Cardinals 
Rasmus was included in Baseball America's 2009 Top 100 Prospects list as the No. 3 prospect in all of MLB.
On April 3, 2009, Rasmus was named to the opening day roster of the St. Louis Cardinals.
He made his major-league debut on April 7 against Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium. He earned his first major league hit in his second career at-bat, on a single to right field off Pittsburgh's Ian Snell. He went 2-for-4 in the game, with two runs scored, including his first career run on a home run by Albert Pujols.
On June 19, he had his first four-hit game, in a 10–5 victory against the Kansas City Royals in which Pujols scored his 1000th career run.
On July 1, he hit his first career walk-off home run off Bob Howry, giving the Cardinals a 2–1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, leading all NL rookies with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He was the first Cardinals rookie to hit a game-winning home run since Andy Van Slyke in August 1983.
On September 5, 2010, it was reported that Rasmus requested a trade from general manager John Mozeliak because of a shortage of playing time, and a strained relationship with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus attempted to downplay the rumor and Mozeliak indicated he would not trade Rasmus.
Toronto Blue Jays (2011–present) 
On July 27, 2011, Rasmus was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P. J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson. As a Blue Jay, Rasmus finished the season with a .173/.201/.316 triple-slash line in thirty-five games.
In January 2012, Rasmus and the Blue Jays agreed on a 1-year deal worth $2.7 million. In an interleague game against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 19, Rasmus hit the first of three straight solo home runs by the Blue Jays, followed by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the first time in the 2012 season that the Jays went back-to-back-to-back with home runs, and only the sixth time in franchise history. Rasmus hit his third career grand slam against the Miami Marlins on June 23, 2012. Rasmus finished his 2012 campaign with a .223 batting average with 23 home runs and 75 runs batted in.
Personal life 
- Phenix City Upsets Tom's River to Reach LLWS Finals, sportsillustrated.cnn.com; retrieved March 2008
- Osaka Wins Little League Title Game, nytimes.com; retrieved March 2008
- 2005 High School Team of the Year, baseballamerica.com; retrieved March 2008
- 2005 Final Baseball Super 25, usatoday.com; retrieved March 2008
- Derrick Gould (December 26, 2007). "Future is now for Rasmus". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Arizona Fall League 2007 – Colby Rasmus, MLB.com; Retrieved March 2008
- "Cards offer 20 non-roster invites: Rasmus and Wallace among those to attend big-league camp". MLB.com. January 23, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
- Top 100 Prospects
- "Boxscore:Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis April 7, 2009". mlb.com. April 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- "Error dooms Pujols-less Cards vs. Nats: Pineiro allows homer after Duncan's miscue extends fifth". MLB.com. May 2, 2009.
- "Cardinals deal Rasmus to Jays in three-team mega-deal". Sporting News. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- Frenette, Brad. "Blue Jays acquire top prospect Colby Rasmus in three-team deal". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- Breen, Jim. "Re-evaluating the Rasmus Trade". Fangraphs. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "Rasmus, Bautista rally Blue Jays past Crew". MLB.com. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "Blue Jays sign OF Rasmus to one-year, $4.675 million deal". TSN.ca. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- Chisholm, Gregor (January 14, 2013). "Blue Jays, Rasmus avoid arbitration with one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- Rains, B.J. (June 8, 2011). "Cards draft Colby Rasmus' brother, Casey". FoxSports.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
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