Colby Rasmus Could Make Toronto Blue Jays AL East Contenders

Colby Rasmus

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OF Colby Rasmus has always been a solid MLB player. Throughout his career to this point, you could always count on him producing 15 home runs with 50-plus RBIs and a mediocre batting average. So far in 2014, he has seemingly taken the next step in the power department.

Rasmus, who turns 28 in August, has already hit seven homers in 113 AB despite starting the season in a horrible slump, batting just .188 in his first 85 AB. He continued swinging a hot bat on Tuesday, going  1-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot.

His average is now up to a respectable .230 and rising with each game that passes. He is currently on pace to hit nearly 40 home runs with over 80 RBIs.  It’s certainly a good sign that he has fought out of the slump while putting up the numbers he has so far this season.

If he can continue to produce the way he has, with sluggers like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion following his lead, the Toronto Blue Jays might finally have what it takes to make some serious noise in the AL East. To do that, besides power bats, they will also need to get more consistency out of both their starting and relief pitching.

With pitchers like Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez ready to burst onto the scene at any moment, the Blue Jays could be on the verge of doing just that. The future certainly is starting to look very bright for both Rasmus and the Blue Jays. There is no doubt Colby has been a major presence in the Jays’ lineup and could be ready to take the next step in his career.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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