Decisions made on local baseball players

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 30, 2014 

Despite a strong spring training, former Russell County standout Cory Rasmus was optioned to Triple-A by the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

In 13 2-3 innings over 11 games, Rasmus went 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out nine.

Rasmus will start the season with the Salt Lake Bees.

Rasmus made his MLB debut last season with the Atlanta Braves, who traded him to the Angels during the summer.

Rasmus went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 2-3 innings over 19 games for the Braves and Angels.

He was 4-2 with a 1.94 ERA in the minors last year with Sale Lake and Gwinnett, the Braves' Triple-A affiliate.

Other Rasmus brothers

Meanwhile, his older brother Colby will start in center field Monday when the Toronto Blue Jays open the season at Tampa Bay.

Colby Rasmus batted .228 with five doubles and eight RBIs in 16 games during spring training. Rasmus missed part of spring training with a sore neck.

Rasmus, who signed a one-year deal for $7 million in February, is heading into his sixth major league season. He batted .276 with 22 homers and 66 RBIs last season.

Rasmus, who could become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, has a career .248 batting average with 98 homers and 312 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Case Ramus will start the season at Memphis, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Case was a non-roster invitee to the Cardinals' major league spring training camp. He appeared in two games and went hitless in two at-bats.

Catching up with others

Former Shaw standout Edwin Jackson, who is heading into his second season with the Chicago Cubs, also missed part of spring training. He had right lat discomfort.

Jackson finished spring training with a 2-3 record with a 4.00 ERA. In his last start on March 28, he pitched four shutout innings against Arizona.

Jackson had a difficult season with the Cubs last season, going 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. In 11 seasons, Jackson is 78-89 with a 4.47 ERA.

Tim Hudson (Glenwood, CVCC), who signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants during the offseason, went 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA in six starts in spring training.

Hudson, whose season ended last year when he suffered a gruesome injury as he was stepped on in a game against the Mets, is slated to start the Giants' third game at Arizona on Wednesday.

Other minor leaguers

• Matt Taylor (Columbus High), who is the Orioles organization, will start the season in Advanced-A with the Frederick (Md.) Keys of the Carolina League. Taylor was 4-13 with a 3.77 ERA last season with Delmarva, a Low-A team.

• Derek Varnadore (CVCC) will start the season with the Yankees' Low-A team, the Charleston (S.C.) Riverdogs. Varnadore with 2-7 with a 3.77 ERA in 32 games with Charleston last season, 29 of those were in relief.

• Jordan Weems (Columbus High) will begin the season with the Red Sox's Low-A team in Greenville, S.C.

Weems, a catcher, batted .204 with eight doubles and 13 RBIs in 61 games last season with Greenville. He was placed on the disabled list on July 26 and underwent surgery for a thumb injury on Aug. 2. He missed the rest of the season.

• Brian Baker (Columbus High, Columbus State) signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs late in March. He pitched last season with Laguna of the Mexican League. He went 7-5 in 21 games.

Southern Maryland, which is located in Waldorf, is part of the independent Atlantic League.

• Kyeong Kang (CVCC) was acquired by the Orioles during the offseason. Kang had spent eight seasons in the Rays organization. He will start the 2014 season in Double-A with the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League.

• Jason Rogers (CSU) continues to move up in the Milwaukee organization. The slugger is starting this year with Triple-A Nashville in the Pacific Coast League.

He had 22 homers and 87 RBIs with Double-A Huntsville last season.

• Bryan Woodall (Phenix City Little League) will begin the year with the Double-A Mobile Baybears (Arizona) of the Southern League.

Last season, Woodall split time between Mobile and Triple-A Reno. He went 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA with one save.

• These offseason moves are according to

Chase Weems (Columbus High) retired from the Yankees organization.

D'Andre Toney (Hardaway) retired from the Astros.

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