Seen by scouts as arguably the best pitcher in his draft class, Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo continues to prove scouts that they were right. A disappointing junior year marred by injuries caused him to fall to the supplemental first round. Ranaudo, who wanted to show the Red Sox the pitcher that he truly is, pitched for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League, pitching a total of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Impressed with his numbers, Boston gave Ranaudo an almost unheard of $2.55 million signing bonus just before the signing deadline. After a few years of ups and downs in the Minor Leagues, Anthony Ranaudo is finally looking like a big league pitcher.
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Ranaudo, who is 24-years-old, picked up where he left off after an impressive 2013 campaign. So far this year the tall righty is impressing Red Sox Nation, especially in his last 10 starts. In those last 10 starts his ERA is a minute 1.74, he has set down 50 men by way of the K while walking only 20, hitters hit just .186 off the New Jersey native all while tossing 62 innings in total. Finally, Ranaudo looks like the pitcher everyone had high hopes for. This is mostly because he is now completely healthy and was not in years past.
On the mound, Ranaudo boasts a hard fastball which sits comfortably in the low-to-mid 90’s. He typically tops out at around 95mph while he has thrown up to 98mph before. His curveball is definitely a plus pitch and typically sits around 80mph give or take a couple. Although his changeup is his weakest pitch, Ranaudo is working hard at improving it. The command is not all there on his change, but it is around 12mph slower than his fastball, making it somewhat effective. Granted with his massive frame at 6 ft 7, Ranaudo has no problem getting great downward leverage, making him even more dominant as a pitcher.
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The Major League club Boston Red Sox definitely are in the middle of a down year. With Jon Lester and Jake Peavy set to be free agents after this year and with John Lackey threatening retirement, any of those three men could be traded by the trade deadline at the end of the month. In order to fill the void the veterans leave in the rotation, Boston will look to fill them internally. The way Anthony Ranaudo is pitching as of late, expect him to get a shot in the big league rotation at some point this year. Despite other youngsters pitching well, there could be up to three spots in the rotation open and with this being said, the Red Sox would be crazy to not give one of those spots to Ranaudo.