Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
|Born:January 13, 1981|
|September 6, 2005 for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||5.00|
Rasner attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2000, with a record of 14-2, 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances. When drafted, he held records for most wins (28) and strikeouts (302) by a Nevada pitcher. He was a health ecology major. Rasner was selected by the Montreal Expos with the 5th pick in the second round (46th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.
Rasner also has a cousin, Jacob Rasner, who played professional baseball. Jacob was drafted in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the AA Chicago White Sox Farm club - Birmingham Barons.
Rasner recorded his first major league win on September 3, 2006, in a game he started for the Yankees against the Minnesota Twins. Rasner went 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 strikeouts and no walks in a 10-1 victory.
On May 19, 2007, in a start against the New York Mets, Rasner was struck on the right hand by a ball hit by Endy Chávez, a former teammate with the Nationals. He fractured his right index finger and did not pitch in the major leagues again that season, though he pitched at several levels of the minor leagues on rehab assignments.
Rasner was not offered a new contract by the Yankees and became a free agent on December 12, 2007, but was re-signed a couple of days later to a minor league deal.
On May 4, 2008, Rasner was recalled by the Yankees, and made his season debut against the Seattle Mariners. Rasner worked 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs and stayed in the Yankee rotation until September, when he was replaced by Alfredo Aceves.
On November 15, 2008, the Yankees sold Rasner to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for $1 million. Rasner signed a two-year deal with the Golden Eagles. He played with the Golden Eagles for 5 years (2008 - 2013), the last three as a closer and setup man. He won the Japanese series championship as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles with former Yankees Andruw Jones, Casey McGehee and future Yankee Masahiro Tanaka who would sign with the New York Yankees in the 2013 offseason. After finishing his playing career he would become an international scout for the Eagles.
- "Game 141: Yankees at Mariners". LoHud.com. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
- "Yankees sell rights to pitcher Rasner for $1 million to team in Japan". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-11-15.