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1s.39 Boston Red Sox - Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU

The Red Sox selected Anthony Ranaudo. Here's his profile:

 

Anthony Ranaudo   Position: RHP   School: LSU   State: LA   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’7’’   Weight: 230

Birth Date: 9/9/89   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Last Drafted: 2007 (TEX-11)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

1

0

0.00

8

1

0

12.0

5

3

0

1

6

13

2009

12

3

3.04

19

19

0

124.1

93

49

42

15

50

159

2010

5

2

7.49

14

10

0

45.2

53

41

38

7

23

44


Anthony Ranaudo is a high-ceiling right-handed pitcher from Louisiana State University. Ranaudo originally came to LSU from St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey, where he was a promising prospect. He was seen as a typical cold-weather projectable arm, and his big frame led scouts to wonder about what he might become with some innings under his belt. He was a top five rounds candidate leading up to the 2007 draft, but an LSU commitment and a major lack of polish led to him dropping to the Rangers in the eleventh round, and they failed to sign him despite a hard push to do so. At LSU, he was supposed to play a solid bullpen role as a freshman, but elbow tendinitis prevented him from doing so, and he ended up throwing only a dozen innings all year, though they were a dozen impressive innings. When he returned for his sophomore year, he was supposed to step into an important starting role, and he flourished. He became one of the country’s best starters, and he was a key piece to the Tigers winning the College World Series last June. He took the summer off due to a huge workload as a sophomore, and he started the 2010 poised to possibly become the number two overall pick as a potential good number two starter. However, a stress reaction in his elbow led to two months off, and he was ineffective in his return, which threw his draft stock into limbo. When healthy, he features a plus 91-94 mph fastball with excellent movement and downward plane, and he adds in a plus to plus-plus curveball and an above-average changeup. His command took an exceptional leap forward a year ago, and was considered plus coming into the year. With the injury problems and his representation by the Boras Corporation, his draft stock is up in the air, but he’s a first round talent, and he shouldn’t fall lower than the second round, where he’ll receive an over slot bonus.