Known as a slow starter, Rasmus has hit .244 in April over his career. That extended to May last year, when he hit .218, but in non-April months overall, the center fielder has gone 293-for-1038 (.282) in his three full-season campaigns.
Scouting report: Injuries cut short his 2008 season, but all five tools are still there. He has above-average power from the left side and good plate discipline. His above-average speed is bolstered by good base-running instincts. He's a plus defender with an above-average arm in center field, where he uses his speed well. His sprained knee is not expected to cause long-term problems.
Upside potential: Still has every chance to be an elite center fielder that can do it all.
They said it: "He's the closest thing to a five-tool player that we've got. Defense is sometimes underrated and he's a very good defensive center fielder. He can go get the ball and has an above-average arm. You tend to focus on what he can do with the bat ... He's going to be a good hitter with some power, but the fact he can do that and play above-average defense in center is the important thing. -- John Vuch, Cardinals director of Minor League operations
He said it: "I've always wanted to be that guy. To be up to bat, bottom of the ninth, two outs, two strikes. I've always liked to be that guy. I've always tried to be the leader on my team, stuff like that. It comes with the territory. I learn to deal with it, and I like it. [This was] always what I wanted to do, so I'm not going to complain."