Angels 2015 In-House Rotation Options

By Brian Helberg
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Cory Rasmus

Sep 16, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Cory Rasmus throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels acquired Cory Rasmus in 2013 from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for veteran southpaw reliever, Scott Downs. The former first-round pick was very impressive in his first full season in Los Angeles.

Rasmus posted a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 2.57 across 30 appearances for the club. Six of those appearances came as a starter after a slew of injuries left the Angels desperately searching for adequate replacements. Rasmus registered 57 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched, and issued just 17 free passes. Cory went 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA as a starting pitcher in 2014, however he never pitched past 4 innings of work due to a strict pitch count.’s Matthew Franks caught up with Cory in mid October to discuss his future. Rasmus suggested that the club had not mentioned the possibility of him becoming a full time starter in 2015, but did not sound worried about it stating, “I’m sure we’ll have some talks in the offseason.” When Franks questioned if the 26-year-old righty could handle the increased workload, he responded, “I’ll be able to throw how much they want me to throw.”

Rasmus has a great chance of breaking camp in the Angels rotation if he puts in the work to get his arm ready this offseason, and makes the necessary mental adjustments.