John Ely burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 2010. The
team had acquired him and Jon Link from the White Sox for Juan Pierre. Elymania
spawned and lasted for longer than anyone could have expected. But it ended
seemingly as quickly as it began.
Fast forward nearly three years. Ely was coming off of a
masterful performance in the Pacific Coast League in 2012. He was named the
Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, an honor I never would have thought
would go to a guy pitching half his games in Albuquerque. His performance,
while great, wasn’t enough to keep him around. The Dodgers traded him to the
Houston Astros for left-handed pitcher and Southern California native and
former Dodger draftee Rob Rasmussen.
Rasmussen, 24, is making a mark of his own, as he’s been the
Chattanooga Lookouts’ second-best pitcher (behind Zach Lee) this season.
Not a physically imposing pitcher, Rasmussen has a 3.12 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 3.27
FIP, 7.1 H/9, 0.6 HR/9, 2....