Anthony Ranaudo experienced a rocky road to the 2013 season. None of that matters now because he has arrived. Acquired in 2010 by the Red Sox organization, plagued by injuries in 2011 and 2012, he has finally began to impress the Portland Seadogs and garner positive attention. Recent statistics from baseballreference.com show that he has 30 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. He has a 1.00 ERA and a .778 WHIP. This is in stark contrast to the numbers he put up last season where he pitched only 37.2 innings with a 6.69 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. He is well on his way to pitch more innings in 2013.
Expectations were high for Ranaudo from the beginning. Now he is meeting them. Most writers, scouts, and bloggers are exhaling after holding their breath for the better part of two years. Last year Ranaudo struggled with a groin pull and shoulder trouble. Fastballs were clocking in at around 85 or 86 MPH. These speeds were nowhere near the mid-90 MPH fastballs that he threw when the Sox drafted him out of Louisiana State University. Now the fastball speed is back in the 90s and he looks better than good. He still needs to tweak his mechanics, and utilize every inch of his 6’7’’ frame to his advantage, but Ranaudo is on the move.
Since things are turning around for him, people are interested. Ranaudo is even on the Boston Globe’s radar. In the last few weeks, he got as much press as Allen Webster, and more than Rubby De La Rosa. He may just rocket past some of the bullpen players in Pawtucket, but for now he is in good company with the Seadogs’ Brandon Workman. The Red Sox will “wait and see” as he continues to consistently prove himself deeper into the season.
We see in Ranaudo a perfect example of the depth that the Sox have on the farm. If he stays healthy, he will most definitely be part of Boston’s starting five rotation sooner than later.
Are there any players in our farm system about which you are excited?