With the Cardinal offseason not providing much fuel for the hot stove, Cardinal Nation is getting warm with thoughts of the Next Big Thing, Colby Rasmus.
He tops all the prospect lists over at Future Redbirds.
Larry broke down those that, like Rasmus may, jumped over AAA to the majors.
Various other media outlets have written stories or profiles of the outfielder.
So will he make it? Will he start out in St. Louis in ’08 or Memphis? When will he take his rightful place as the heir of Edmonds?
With numerous players that can play a passable center field, players like Ankiel and Schumacker, I think that it’s likely Rasmus will start in Memphis next season, but I’d expect him up by June or so unless he really struggles at AAA. It’s possible his energy and fresh approach will help inspire the team as Ankiel’s callup did last August. Since besides the normal excitement that is provided by Albert Pujols there may not be much to watch on this team, the front office may feel a bit pressured to move him up quickly. Then again, if he hits well in Memphis, there’s really no reason to have him wait any longer.
I’m excited to see what he can do. I hope he plays his way on to the team from the word go. It’s been a long time since the Cardinals had a prospect this highly touted (at least in the field) and it’ll be a lot of fun to see him go to work.