opposing batters. Rather, he relies on a 95-mph fastball that can blow by batters or jam them for an easy out. But to those who are not familiar with Mr. Ranaudo, just take a look below to get to know him better.
audo went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00, pitched in 29.2 innings while walking 8 batters, struck out 31, and had a WHIP of 0.61. After the end of the 2010, Ranaudo signed with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2011, Ranaudo made his debut with the Greenville Drive in Single-A. He pitched in 10 games with the Drive, starting all 10 of them. Then on May 31, Ranaudo was promoted to High-A to pitch for the Salem Red Sox, pitching in 16 games for them (he started all 16 games with Salem Red Sox). Between the two clubs, Ranaudo went 9-6 in 26 games (started all 26), pitching 137 innings with an ERA of 3.97. He also gave up 115 hits, 63 runs (56 were earned), 46 walks, recorded 117 strikeouts, had a WHIP of 1.268, and held opposing batters to a .244 average.
Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Ranaudo was promoted to Double-A Portland to pitch for the Sea Dogs. Unfortunately, things did not go smoothly for the young righty that year.
eague by storm. He started the year in Portland and began to dominate the Eastern League. He pitched in 19 games with the Sea Dogs (starting all 19 of them) to go 8-4 with an ERA of 2.95, recorded 106 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.094, and held opponent batters to a .204 batting average against him. Because of his dominance, Ranaudo was voted both to the Eastern Division Team in the Eastern League All-Star on July 10 (he also started that game too) and to the U.S. Team in the MLB’s All-Star Futures Game on July 14. The Double-A accolades continued for Ranaudo as he was voted to both the Double-A Eastern League Mid-Season and End of Year All-Star teams and was named Eastern League Player on the Year.
Then on August 2, Ranaudo got the call up to the Triple-A level to pitch for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He ended up pitched in 6 games with them (starting in 5 of them) and went 3-1 with an ERA of 2.97, had 21 strikeouts, a 1.286 WHIP, while opposing batters hit .271 against him. Ranaudo ended up pitching in the postseason for the PawSox during their Governors’ Cup title defense. He made 2 starts to go 0-1 with an ERA of 5.63, giving up 11 hits, and striking out 5. His final numbers for the season were as followed: 25 games played (24 started), an 11-5 record with a 2.96 ERA in 140 innings. Ranaudo also gave up 112 hits, 50 runs (46 earned), walked 57, struck out 127, had a WHIP of 1.094, and held batters to a .219 average.
ith an ERA of 2.41. Ranaudo threw in 119.1 innings, giving up just 88 hits, 37 runs (32 earned), walked 49, struck out 99, had a WHIP of 1.148, and held opponents to a .205 batting average. He was also named to the International League Mid-Season All-Star team.
If I were a gambling man, I put all my chips on Anthony Ranaudo. Ranaudo is only 24 so he still has yet to reach his full potential. His productivity keeps increasing of the course of the year and it seems like he still has more in him.
Upon seeing him pitch live, you can see why batters have a hard time hitting him. He has three tough pitches (curveball, changeup, and a fastball that can go up to 96 mph) plus one big factor: his height. Already Ranaudo stands at 6’7’’ but when he’s on the pitcher’s mound, that’s an additional 10 inches to his height. Because of that, he can throw a pitch at a more downward angle with such velocity in the same manner that former MLB pitcher Randy Johnson use to throw at (Randy Johnson height was 6’10’’).
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