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Forgotten Astros: Colby Rasmus

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In this week’s installment of Forgotten Astros, we focus on a player whose time in Houston was short-lived, but he played an important role in getting the Astros back to the playoffs in 2015, Colby Rasmus.

Miss any of the previous week’s installments? Find them here:

Carlos Lee

Randy Johnson

Evan Gattis

The Astros signed free-agent Colby Rasmus in January of 2015 to a one-year deal worth eight million. Little did they know at the time that he’d play a big part for them during his tenure in Houston. Rasmus was a great outfielder that was added to an Astros outfield that featured star center fielder Jake Marisnick and future star George Springer.

Rasmus provided some pop in the Astros lineup from the left side with his bare-handed approach as during his first year with the team he batted .238 with 25 home runs and an on-base percentage of .314.

2015 was a great year for the Astros. It was the first time that they had made the playoffs since being swept in the World Series in 2005. The Astros didn’t do as bad as one would think in the 2015 postseason, beating the Yankees in the WildCard game, and losing the ALDS in five games to the Kansas City Royals.

Colby Rasmus played a big part in the 2015 postseason and could be considered the Astros postseason MVP. Rasmus batted a combined .381 average with four home runs in the six games the Astros played, perhaps his most well-known was his solo shot against the Yankees to lead Houston to a 3-0 victory in the Bronx.

Rasmus would accept his qualifying offer given to him by the Astros in 2016, and he would end up batting .206 with 15 home runs and an on-base percentage of .286.

The Astros and Rasmus didn’t come to an agreement on a contract after the 2016 season and Rasmus would later sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Final Thoughts

Rasmus was a big part of laying down the foundation for later success in the postseason for the Astros, even if he did play just two seasons. I honestly wish the Astros would’ve resigned him for 2017 so he could’ve played in the World Series, but you can’t have everything I’m afraid.

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