Anthony Ranaudo is inching closer and closer to a successful big league career. His most recent award, International League Most Valuable Pitcher, is equivalent to a AAA Cy Young Award. There is a similar award is given out for the best pitcher in the Pacific Coast League, the AAA system in the western United States.This is not the first time Anthony Ranaudo has won this type of an award. Last year, when he pitched well in 19 starts for the Portland Sea Dogs in AA, he earned the honor of being named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.
Ranaudo is 14-4 on the year and has a 2.61 ERA in 24 Minor League starts while striking out 111 and walking 54 on 138 innings of work. To put it this way, Anthony Ranaudo is working on the best season of his professional career.
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On the year in the Majors, Ranaudo has also experienced some success. Beating the New York Yankees in his first big league start and the Cincinnati Reds in the next, the New Jersey native showed he has a future in the game. Going six innings both times, he allowed two earned runs against the Yankees and four against the Reds putting his career ERA at 4.50 in 12 innings of work. By the end of the season, he will see a few more starts for Boston and will likely earn the nod this Friday in place of Brandon Workman who was sent down after a career worst start against Seattle last Sunday.
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Anthony Ranuado’s success will not stop here, however, as he looks to earn a spot in the Red Sox rotation next year. His chances of making the Red Sox rotation in 2015 are promising, and now he will look to win a Major League pitching award — the Cy Young Award.