Today was another all around solid day at the plate for Colby Rasmus. The Toronto Blue Jays‘ center fielder has quickly shown this Spring Training that he is ready to take his game to the next level. Although just two games in and only five plate appearances under his belt so far this spring, Rasmus is making solid contact with the ball which is music to the ears of Jays’ faithful everywhere.
Rasmus went 1-for-3 with tw0 RBIs and one run scored against the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this afternoon in Grapefruit League action, paving the way for the Jays’ third victory in as many games to begin Spring Training. So far so good, Rasmus will be a key factor in the Jays’ ultimate goal, which is to erase everyone’s memory of last season and perhaps play some playoff baseball.
In order for a team to get off to a fast start and make sure they are able to finish strong down the stretch, players at the bottom of the batting order need to hit like those who get things started at the top. Rasmus has the type of pop in his bat that could solidify him as one of the best offensive outfielders in the game, and by mid-season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be threatening for a spot at the top of the batting order.
It’s way too early to figure out whether Melky Cabrera is going to rebound after an injury-riddled 2013 campaign. However, if his numbers start to slip, don’t expect him to occupy the second spot in the order for too long. At this point in his career, Rasmus would thrive hitting in between Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista, bringing a nice balance of speed and power to help get things going for the Jays.
If Rasmus continues to make solid contact with the ball over the next few weeks and into the regular season, expect the center fielder to slowly but surely make his way up the lineup. His quick bat and ability to drive the ball to right field would help the Jays get off to a fast start on any given day, which is exactly what they need to climb the standings in a tough AL East division.