Springfield's C Casey likes being a Rasmus

Casey Rasmus was a 36th-round draft pick

Double-A Springfield Cardinals catcher Casey Rasmus doesn't shy away from his family heritage, but is earning his own way.

Coming from a baseball family, Casey Rasmus literally grew up in the game. The youngest of three now-professional playing brothers from Russell County, Ala., the 23-year-old was perhaps not as gifted on the diamond as older siblings Colby and Cory.

His brothers were each first-round picks out of high school. Following Colby's lead, pitcher Cory made his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves in May. Casey, on the other hand, went to Liberty College and after his junior year, was selected by the Cardinals in the 36th round of the 2011 draft.

Yet after starting 2013 in low Class-A, Casey has moved up two levels and is now a .300 hitter for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

Casey Rasmus
Smaller than his brothers at 5-foot-10, Casey is a catcher. Yet unlike the majority of players at the position, he has the Rasmus quickness. Casey went 18-for-22 stealing bases in his final year at college and is 23-for-29 in his two-plus years as a professional.

Rasmus has caught the attention of observers this season with heightened performance at the plate. Now switch-hitting, he has a line of .300/.344/.347 in 48 games across three levels.

That is all gravy, however, as Rasmus has earned his two in-season promotions in 2013 primarily due to his work behind the plate (as well as opportunities developing). Though playing as a reserve behind Cody Stanley at Springfield, Rasmus is highly respected by his pitchers as being able to handle whatever they throw.

In the following exclusive interview, Rasmus speaks about his family heritage, his rapid ascension in 2013 and his hopes to join his brothers as a major leaguer.

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Coming soon

Other Springfield interviews ahead will be with outfielders Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey. St. Louis pitchers Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness will follow, as well.

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