By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
August 13, 2009
If the 2010 draft were today, UCLA left-hander Rob Rasmussen would most likely be considered a first-round talent based on his strong summer pitching for Orleans in the Cape Cod League. Rasmussen needed to reassert himself as a starting pitcher this summer, a goal he fulfilled statistically, and evidenced by this brief look. Rasmussen threw a good, hard rotation 12-6 curveball, then pushed the guy back with a 93 MPH fastball.
In our Q&A with Rasmussen, he discussed how he realized that his slider was taking away from his curveball, which even in the day and age of the power slider, is still the difference maker between a major league left-handed starting pitcher and an organizational filler. As the game continues to come clean and we see more and more ordinary right-handed pitchers throwing 88-91, a left-hander who can pop a 93, pitch at 90-91, and show a plus curveball is what we call a premium prospect.