Swing Analysis -
Colby Rasmus is probably the St. Louis Cardinals' most prominent
prospect and ideally their center fielder of the future. Since
his swing has been the subject of significant discussion and
debate this year, I have been trying to find a video clip that I could
analyze. This weekend I finally found a good video clip of Colby
Rasmus hitting a Home Run to Right Field (I assume this year).
The bottom line, which I hope bodes well for my Cardinals, is that Colby Rasmus has a nice, short, simple,
and classic left-handed swing that resembles the swings of
Pete Rose, Ken
Griffey Jr., Rick Ankiel, and a number of other very good left-handed
As you can see in Frame 01, Colby Rasmus has a small
leg lift. This helps him establish his timing. At the moment the
pitcher releases the ball, Colby Rasmus starts to drop his front
foot into foot plant.
Ted Williams said the hips lead the hands, and that is
clearly what happens in Colby Rasmus' swing. In Frame 20, you
can see that Colby Rasmus sits down slightly into foot plant and
then his hips start to rotate. Colby Rasmus' shoulders are
reverse-rotated at the top of his leg lift and as his front foot
drops, which helps to ensure that his hips rotate ahead of his
shoulders. This stretches the muscles of his torso and helps to
pull his shoulders around.
In Frame 24, Colby Rasmus' front heel has planted and
his shoulders have started to rotate. If you count frames, you
can see that Colby Rasmus is 9 doubled frames (4.5 standard
frames) to contact, which is quite good and means that he has a
short swing. This is important because it will enable him to
wait a bit longer before swinging which gives him more time to
read the pitch.
It's hard to read the angle of Colby Rasmus' back elbow
at the Point Of Contact, but in Frame 28 his back elbow is still
quite bent and his hands appear to be rotating with his back