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2.73 Florida Marlins - Rob Rasmussen, LHP, UCLA

The Marlins spent the 73rd overall pick on Rob Rasmussen.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft profile.

Rob Rasmussen   Position: LHP   School: UCLA   State: CA   Year: Jr.   Height: 5’11’’   Weight: 170

Birth Date: 4/2/89   Seiler Rating: 1C3   Last Drafted: 2007 (LAD-27)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

0

2

5.60

9

2

0

17.2

25

13

11

1

11

8

2009

4

2

6.45

18

6

1

44.2

52

35

32

7

26

51

2010

9

2

2.89

15

15

0

84.0

69

30

27

7

27

101


Rob Rasmussen is a short left-handed pitcher from the University of California at Los Angeles. Rasmussen came to UCLA from Pasadena Poly High School in South Pasadena, California, which is predictably south of Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl. He was a highly sought-after prospect coming out of high school despite his small frame, and the only reason he fell out of the top five rounds in the 2007 draft was a desire to go to school. The nearby Dodgers took him with their twenty-seventh round pick that year, but they failed to sign him, and he stepped in hoping to play a key role on the 2008 Bruin pitching staff. However, he broke his foot early in the season, and he sandwiched a disappointing season around that injury. His sophomore season wasn’t much better in a swing role, but a solid summer on the Cape brought expectations up for him as a junior this spring. He’s met and exceeded those expectations, and even though scouts see him as a potential number four starter at best, his solid pitch mix means he has a solid chance of continuing his collegiate success this year at the pro level. His fastball is an above-average pitch, surprising for his size, and it sits 90-93. His best secondary pitch is a potential plus curveball, and he adds in a solid-average slider and changeup. Those four pitches have routinely fooled hitters this spring, making sure that he’s not just another crafty lefty. Though his size is still an issue, and some scouts want to move him to the bullpen, he has enough stuff to start, and he’s likely to be given the opportunity until he fails or breaks down physically. He should go in the second to fourth round range to a team that favors college results, and he should sign for the neighborhood of slot money.