Cory Taylor Rasmus... On Twitter: @CoryRaz46. Graduated from Russell County (AL) HS. His father, Tony, was draft ed by Angels in 1986 and played three seasons in the Angels farm system. Older brother Colby is an outfielder for the Houston Astros. Younger brother Casey was draft ed by St. Louis in 2011 and played four minor league seasons in Cardinals system before retiring in June 2014. Draft ed by Atlanta in first round (38th overall) of 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft... Originally signed by Braves scout Al Goetz.
Appeared in 16 games (one start) for Angels and did not record a decision while pitching to a 5.23 ERA (20 2/3 IP - 12 ER). Began season on disabled list after undergoing left abdominal surgery during Spring Training. Pitched in five games (three starts) with Triple-A Salt Lake on a rehab assignment before being reinstated from disabled list on July 3 and optioned to Salt Lake. On July 20, was recalled by Angels as 26th man for doubleheader vs. Boston... Did not pitch in the doubleheader and was optioned back to Salt Lake following the second game. Recalled by Angels July 30... In 10 total games (three starts) with Salt Lake, went 0-1 with one save and a 2.35 ERA (15.1 IP - 4 ER)... Recorded 25 strikeouts while walking two. Made only Major League start of the year August 2 at Dodger Stadium and did not factor in decision after tossing three innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits. Pitched in a total of seven games for Angels from July 31 - August 13 and allowed six earned runs in 10 2/3 innings (5.06 ERA) before being placed on disabled list August 16 with a right forearm strain. Activated from disabled list on September 1... Pitched in nine contests across Sept./Oct., including seven scoreless outings. Just two of 12 runs allowed on the season came at Angel Stadium... Six of seven home outings were scoreless (only runs allowed at home came Aug. 9 vs. BAL - solo home runs by Gerardo Parra and Chris Davis).
Pitched to a 3-2 record with a 2.57 ERA (56 IP - 16 ER) in 30 games (six starts) with Angels...Opened season in the bullpen...In 24 relief outings, went 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA (37 IP - 11 ER) and 38 strikeouts...Joined starting rotation Aug. 30...As a starter, went 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA (19 IP - 5 ER) and 19 strikeouts...Allowed two-or-fewer runs in each of six starts...Only other pitcher in Angels history to allow two-or-fewer runs in each of first six starts in career was Jered Weaver (seven starts)...Pitched four-or-fewer innings in each of his first six career starts...Made first career Major League start Aug. 30 vs. Oakland and pitched three shutout innings...Allowed just one hit and no walks while setting a career-high with six strikeouts...Marked first professional start since May 22, 2011 for Single-A Lynchburg (ATL) vs. Potomac...His 12 relief outings of at least two innings pitched led all Angels relievers...In month of July, pitched to a 0.69 ERA (13 IP - 1 ER)...Was winning pitcher in back-to-back relief appearances June 7 vs. CWS and June 10 vs. OAK...Made 22 relief appearances for Triple-A Salt Lake this season and went 2-1 with two saves and a 4.18 ERA (28 IP - 13 ER)...Recorded 24 strikeouts while walking 16 for the Bees.
Made Major League debut for Atlanta on May 22nd vs. Minnesota and allowed two earned runs in 1.2 innings...Posted an 8.10 ERA (6.2 IP - 6 ER) in three appearances for the Braves before being traded on July 29... In 16 outings with Angels, went 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA (15 IP - 7 ER), 14 strikeouts and 10 walks... Overall, compiled a 1-1 mark with a 5.40 ERA (21.2 IP - 13 ER), 20 strikeouts and 13 walks over 19 big league games in 2013... Earned first career Major League win Sept. 20 after pitching a scoreless frame in the 11th inning vs. Seattle... Faced his older brother, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, as a member of Braves in the 7th inning on May 27th at Toronto and allowed a double.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Mississippi and tied for the team lead in appearances (50). Recorded a season high five strikeouts on 7/20 at JAX. Struck out at least three batters in a game seven times and pitched 2.0 innings eight times. Collected a save in three of his final four appearances of the season. Posted three separate five-game scoreless streaks (4/5-14, 4/27-5/9, 6/15-6/27). Appeared in 10 games (all relief) for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League and went 0-0 with a 7.53 ERA while fanning 13 over 14.1 innings pitched.