Drew Rasmussen

Drew Rasmussen

28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Rasmussen entered the 2023 season on a bullet train of hype and through eight starts was delivering on that hype with four wins and 47 strikeouts along with a 2.62 ERA. Little did we know that the pitch he threw to induce a Gleyber Torres groundout to complete seven shutout innings at Yankee Stadium would be the last pitch he threw on the season. Rasmussen was diagnosed with a right flexor strain in mid-May and eventually underwent an internal brace surgery to his UCL. It is worth noting that Rasmussen had two TJ surgeries in college as the coaching staff implemented some questionable usage patterns with him, and the list of pitchers successfully recovering from three TJ surgeries is short enough for Mordecai Brown to count with his pitching hand. The internal brace procedure allows for a quicker physical return to the mound, but all the risks of excessive time off with major surgery still apply. Simply put, Rasmussen is a wild card selection for the later rounds. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.8625 million contract with the Rays in January of 2024.
Lands on 60-day IL
PTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
February 20, 2024
The Rays placed Rasmussen (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Rasmussen underwent an internal brace procedure in July and isn't expected to return until late in the season, so the Rays will stash him away on the IL for the time being. Rasmussen's roster spot will be given to Amed Rosario, who signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
84
Last 10 Games
84
Last 5 Games
86
How many pitches does Drew Rasmussen generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Drew Rasmussen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .215 420 98 22 84 11 2 4
Since 2021vs Right .217 648 147 45 130 28 3 16
2023vs Left .266 67 16 1 17 0 0 1
2023vs Right .192 110 31 10 19 6 0 1
2022vs Left .207 241 55 14 46 6 1 2
2022vs Right .232 343 70 17 75 17 2 11
2021vs Left .202 112 27 7 21 5 1 1
2021vs Right .205 195 46 18 36 5 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 2.70 0.97 126.2 7 4 0 8.8 2.4 0.6
Since 2021Away 2.89 1.13 140.0 12 6 1 7.8 2.1 0.8
2023Home 2.60 0.92 17.1 1 1 0 9.9 2.1 0.0
2023Away 2.63 1.13 27.1 3 1 0 9.2 2.3 0.7
2022Home 2.24 0.83 76.1 6 3 0 8.1 1.7 0.6
2022Away 3.49 1.28 69.2 5 4 0 7.2 2.2 1.0
2021Home 3.82 1.33 33.0 0 0 0 9.8 4.4 0.8
2021Away 2.09 0.88 43.0 4 1 1 7.7 1.9 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Drew Rasmussen compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.27
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
95.6 mph
 
ERA
2.62
 
WHIP
1.05
 
BABIP
.301
 
GB/FB
2.18
 
Left On Base
76.9%
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.5%
 
Spin Rate
2595 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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This past season saw a rather dramatic shift in Rasmussen's pitch usage as he made the transition to starting full time for the Rays. Exclusively a reliever during his time with the Brewers, Rasmussen has learned to dial back the four-seam fastball at 95-96 mph in favor of more cutters at 90-91 with good movement. He leaned on the cut fastball as his main put-away pitch last season, and while his strikeout rate was modest at only 21.4%, the overall results speak for themselves (2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP over 146 innings). Given the command and control he has over his arsenal, this looks like a legitimate breakout. If he's able to tack on a few more starts, Rasmussen could emerge as a fantasy star even with the low strikeouts. Remember he won't have face the AL East quite so much with the new balanced schedule in 2023.
Rasmussen was one of the two arms Tampa Bay received just before the summer from Milwaukee for Willy Adames. Rasmussen was exclusively a reliever for Milwaukee, and did much of the same for Tampa Bay throughout the summer until injuries on the roster forced him into a starting role, which he took a surprising liking to. Rasmussen became a more efficient pitcher as a starter simply by attacking hitters with fastballs and sliders and not looking for the punchout as much as he did as a reliever. Rasmussen held hitters to a .171 average as a starter (.239 as a reliever) and had a 4.5 BB% starting (11.8% relieving). He may not go deep into games without an effective third pitch, but he has proven to be efficient enough to get through five with what he has and qualify for wins. A better third pitch would help his strikeout rate as a starter, but his work down the stretch was promising.
Rasmussen made his major-league debut in August of 2020 and pitched fairly well over his first 10 appearances, posting a 1.89 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 13.2 innings during that time. However, he allowed seven earned runs across his final two outings of the year, which skewed his final numbers during the abbreviated season. Despite his struggles late in the season, the 25-year-old showed promise during his first taste of major-league action with a 3.34 xFIP over the year. He showed off his elite 97.7 mph average fastball velocity and had a 29.6 K% and an impressive 12.6% swinging-strike rate. The right-hander likely earned a spot in the Brewers' bullpen for Opening Day in 2021, but he won't be in line for save chances to begin the season given the team's talented set of relievers. Rasmussen showed immense promise over a limited sample last year, but his fantasy value is limited by his role for Milwaukee.
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Late-season return expected
PTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
February 13, 2024
Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander indicated Tuesday that he doesn't expect Rasmussen (elbow) back until well into the second half of the season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Avoids arbitration
PTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
January 11, 2024
Rasmussen (elbow) signed a one-year, $1.8625 million contract with the Rays on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Out until middle of next season
PTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
July 8, 2023
Manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Rasmussen (elbow) will undergo an internal brace procedure and won't return until the middle of next season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Hits 60-day IL with flexor strain
PTampa Bay Rays
Elbow
May 12, 2023
The Rays placed Rasmussen on the 60-day injured list Friday with a right flexor strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Dominates across seven innings
PTampa Bay Rays
May 11, 2023
Rasmussen (4-2) earned the win against the Yankees on Thursday, with seven shutout innings while allowing two hits. He struck out seven.
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