Red Sox prospects are rising more each day.
Anthony Ranaudo pitching for LSU
The brightest ones are now in Portland with the Sea Dogs. Anthony Ranaudo was pitching a scoreless ballgame entering the 6th inning on May 2nd against Reading. He gave up a home run to lead off the inning, and left the game.
Ranaudo had four strikeouts and a walk, and now in 27 AA innings he has 30 strikeouts and six walks. His ERA leads all Red Sox minor leaguers at 1.00, and his WHIP of 0.78 only trails Brandon Workman‘s 0.71.
Ranaudo was rated as high as Stephen Strasburg when they were both sophomores in college, and the Red Sox gave this 6′ 7″ pitcher from Belmar, NJ $2,550,000 when Boston selected him with the 39th pick in 2010. That was the Sox’ highest ever signing bonus other than Casey Kelly.
Ranaudo was the winning pitcher for LSU in the final game of the College World Series in 2009. (Jackie Bradley Junior was the CWS MOP the next year for South Carolina)
Four years after winning in Omah