Cory Rasmus

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Cory Rasmus
Free agent
Born: (1987-11-06) November 6, 1987 (age 30)
Columbus, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 22, 2013, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 4–5
Earned run average 4.17
Strikeouts 121

Cory Taylor Rasmus (born November 6, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Rasmus was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Russell County High School. The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[1]

Rasmus played for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves until he was called up to the Braves on May 18, 2013.[2] He made his major league debut on May 22, 2013, working one and two-thirds innings, and striking out three while giving up home runs to Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia.[3]

On May 27, 2013, Cory pitched to his older brother Colby Rasmus for the first time in an MLB game. Colby hit a double.[4] This was the first time that one brother pitched to another brother in the MLB since June 13, 2010.[5]

He was optioned back to Gwinnett on May 29 when Jordan Walden was activated from the disabled list.[6]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Los Angeles Angels[edit]

On July 29, 2013, Rasmus was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Scott Downs.[7] He was then optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.[8] He was called up on August 23.[9]

Rasmus started the 2014 season at Triple-A Salt Lake. He was recalled by the Angels on May 5.[10] After being called up, Rasmus shifted between the bullpen and the rotation, spot starting in 6 games for the Angels. As a starter, he averaged less than 5 innings in each start. He finished the season with a 2.57 ERA in 30 games, 6 starts for the Angels. Between the 2015 and 2016 season, Rasmus hasn't shown the same level of success from his 2014 season. On July 6, 2016, it was announced by the team that Rasmus would need core muscle surgery, effectively ending his season. Rasmus was designated for assignment on November 7.[11] After clearing waivers, he was assigned to Triple-A.[12] Rasmus rejected his minor league assignment and became a free agent on November 16.[13]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On February 1, 2017, Rasmus signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[14] He was released on April 7, 2017.


Rasmus is the younger brother of Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Colby Rasmus.[15] Both brothers played for Phenix City National Little League during the 1999 Little League World Series. Phenix City won the United States championship game,[16] before losing in the finals to Osaka, Japan, 5–0.[17] His younger brother, Casey, was a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization until retiring in June 2014.[18] His father Tony was drafted by the Angels in 1986,[19] playing three seasons of minor league baseball before retiring.[15]


  1. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 20, 2012). "Bethancourt among five added to Braves' 40-man". Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Price, Kevin; Mitchell, David (May 18, 2013). "Update:Braves call up Cory Rasmus; his debut will have to wait". Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Price, Kevin (May 22, 2013). "Update: Cory Rasmus talks about making his Major League debut for Atlanta Braves". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Oh, brothers: Colby Rasmus doubles against Cory Rasmus in rare fraternal matchup". Yahoo! Sports. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Angels handle crosstown rival to wrap up 14-game road trip". Associated Press. June 13, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Atlanta activates RHP Jordan Walden from DL, sends RHP Cory Rasmus back to Triple-A Gwinnett". Associated Press. May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 30, 2013). "Braves get their lefty reliever, trade for Downs". Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tuesday's Sports Transactions". The Associated Press. July 30, 2013. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Price, Kevin (August 23, 2013). "Angels call up Cory Rasmus". Ledger-Enquirer. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (May 5, 2014). "Halos bolster bullpen with righty Rasmus". Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Dierkes, Tim (November 7, 2016). "Angels Designate Cory Rasmus For Assignment". Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 14, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/14/16". Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (November 16, 2016). "Shane Robinson, Cory Rasmus Elect Free Agency". Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ Sanford, Adam (February 1, 2017). "Tampa Bay Rays Sign Cory Rasmus and David Carpenter to Minor League Deals". Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Toman, Chris (May 28, 2013). "Colby bests Cory in Rasmus family face-off". Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Phenix City Upsets Tom's River to Reach LLWS Finals,; retrieved March 2008
  17. ^ Osaka Wins Little League Title Game,; retrieved March 2008
  18. ^ Karraker, Patrick (June 11, 2014). "Cardinals Minor-Leaguer Casey Rasmus Retires". Fansided. Sports Illustrated Network. 
  19. ^ Matthews, Alan (March 2, 2005). "Rasmus Brothers Keep It In The Family". Baseball America. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 

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