The Red Sox have had a good showing from young pitchers Ruby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman so far this season. There is another young rising pitcher, Anthony Ranaudo, who could be next up. The rotation is full at the moment, but Ranaudo’s performance could force things to get crowded.
In his last start at Pawtucket, Ranaudo pitched seven good innings allowing two runs on four hits. He fanned six batters and allowed two walks. His previous two starts have been solid going 15 2/3 innings without allowing a run, adding 2 2/3 innings to his scoreless streak on June 20th before allowing a solo homer. That home run was just the fourth he allowed in 83 2/3 innings.
On his 2014 season so far, he has a 7-4 record with a 2.58 ERA pitching in 83.2 innings. He is a right-handed throwing pitcher, towering at 6′ 7″ weighing 230 pounds and just 24 years old. He pitched for LSU during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was a part of the College World Series victory for the LSU Tigers in 2009 and was third in NCAA strikeouts. In addition to his minor league career with the Sox, he has pitched twice in the Cape Code Baseball League.
Ranaudo was selected 39th overall in the supplemental first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He signed with the Sox for a 2.55 million dollar signing bonus just shortly before the signing deadline on August 16, 2010. Coming into the 2014 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox 13th best prospect in the system. The line on Ranaudo is that he throws between 92-95 mph and can top out at 98 mph. He was projecting coming into the season as a middle-to-back-end starter in the majors.
One would think that with the way things are now with the Red Sox influx of pitching, Ranaudo won’t get a shot until at least a September call up at best. Stranger things have happened and don’t rule out a sooner MLB debut for Ranaudo if injuries or lackluster performances occur.
There is too much pitching…… said no one ever.