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Rasmussen records first minor league shutout

The Pasadena native has pitched what he says are the two best games of his career in as many starts.

August 06, 2011|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall, charles.rich@latimes.com, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Rob Rasmussen (Pasadena Poly, 2007) Jupiter Hammerheads pitcher: For the first time in his young minor league career, Rasmussen threw a shutout on Thursday.

The Pasadena Poly graduate went the distance, which only ended up being seven innings after the game was suspended because of rain, giving up just two hits, two walks and striking out six batters in seven frames against the St. Lucie Mets. Rasmussen picked up the win, as he led the Hammerheads, the class-A advanced affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

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After the game, Rasmussen — a Pasadena native and former UCLA standout — told MiLB.com he felt comfortable going up against the Mets because he'd faced them, and that same exact lineup, once already this year. The shutout was the second of the year for the Hammerheads.

"I write down what works well against hitters, what doesn't work and what I need to work on," said Rasmussen, who was selected by the Marlins 73rd overall in the 2010 draft. "If there's a hitter that I have success against, I make a note of it so I know what to throw them when I face them later on."

Rasmussen is proud of his shutout in the minor leagues, but he would have liked the weather to hold up so he could have gone all nine innings.

"In my mind, I know this was just a seven-inning doubleheader," Rasmussen said. "It would have been more exciting if it was nine innings, but it was definitely still rewarding."

The win improved Rasmussen's record to 9-9. He's started 23 games, pitched 126 2/3 innings and maintained a 3.69 earned-run average. He has held batters to a .256 batting average and logged 94 strikeouts this year. He hasn't given up an earned run in seven of his 23 Florida State League outings.

Rasmussen's last two starts have been dominant. He pitched seven innings and didn't give up an earned run in his July 30 start against the Daytona Cubs. He gave up just two hits and a walk, striking out eight in the game, but couldn't get the win as Jupiter lost, 3-0.

"The last two starts have been the best of my career, but I would say this one [against the Mets] is No. 1 just because we got the win," Rasmussen said.

After finishing third in the first half of the season, the Hammerheads (49-62) are in second-to-last place in the second half coming into Saturday's game against the Bradenton Marauders.

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