Cory Rasmus having strong spring; Edwin Jackson has solid outing

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 17, 2014 

Here is a brief look at a couple of local products who are making news in spring training:

Cory Rasmus has survived the first two spring training cuts by the Los Angeles Angels.

Rasmus, a former Russell County High standout, is one of 42 players still in camp after the Angels sent seven to the minor leagues Monday.

Rasmus is one of four right-handed relievers left in camp.

The former Atlanta Braves pitcher has had a great spring with the Angels so far.

He has pitched nine inning in seven games. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has allowed just three hits and walked two to go with five strikeouts.

Rasmus, who made his major league debut with the Braves last year before being traded to the Angels, was considered a long shot to make the major league roster when spring training began.

Last season in the majors, Rasmus was 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA.

Strong outing

Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson didn't come into spring training wondering whether he would start the season in the majors.

Jackson, a former Shaw High standout, is 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA after he had a stellar outing — after a rough start — against the Angels on Monday.

The right-hander pitched four shutout innings and allowed three hits and a walk. He struck out six.

Two of those hits and the walk came in the first inning as the Angels loaded the bases, but Jackson was able to get out of it. In three starts this spring, Jackson has given up four earned runs on 10 hits in nine innings. Perhaps the most promising stat about Jackson is that he has walked only one batter this spring.

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