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Scouting Report: Rob Rasmussen, LHP, UCLA (2010 Draft)

May 28, 2010

Rob Rasmussen has come a long way from a small-school high school pitcher. He has all the hallmarks of a durable left-handed starter who should be around for the long haul. He was the best left-handed college starter I have seen this season. I’m a big believer in the left-handed curveball even in the age when most people want left-handers to have a change-up for the right-handers. Rasmussen has a solid change, but for my money, I love left-handers with hard curveballs and killer instincts.

Rob Rasmussen, LHP
5-11, 170
Games seen: 3, Innings: 11

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Powerful lower half. Strong upper body. Average height.

STRENGTHS: FB 89-92 (91), above-average movement and command. Curveball 75-79 (79), well above-average rotation, tight depth and shape, two-plane with deceptive power. Fearless to pitch with his breaking ball, commands respect. Change-up 82-84, average velocity, movement and command. Slider 92-85 (84) with above-average movement and command. Slider has tilt and plane against right-handers. Different look from CB. Not the same pitch. Overall average command and control. Trusts CB as go-to pitch.

WEAKNESSES: Has had times of throwing too many CH in college career – not necessarily his fault. Absolute at his best when using all four pitches. Best when allowed to pitch with fastball. Better at using what works best on given day.

SUMMARY: Frontline 3-pitch LH ML starter. Most complete college LH starter in this draft for me.  Extremely competitive and intelligent pitcher, up-tempo bulldog. Has the intangibles to pitch above his physical grades at the major league level.

GRADES (Present/Future):
Fastball         55/55
Curveball     60/60
Slider             60/60
Change-up   50/50
Command    50/50
Control         50/50

Overall Future Potential: 54

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