Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Top MLB Prospect from New Jersey: Anthony Ranaudo

     Anthony Ranaudo, 24, was born on September 9th, 1989 in Freehold, New Jersey. A budding prospect, Ranaudo achieved " The Dream " by being called up on August 1st, 2014 to the Boston Red Sox in order to make to his first career start as a player in the MLB against the New York Yankees, the team Ranaudo grew up rooting for.

 * Ranaudo's first strikeout came against the one and only, Derek Jeter, Ranaudo's role - model as a child. Although he may have been calm after recording his first career strikeout in the MLB, Ranaudo kept the ball and was obviously excited.

LSU Career
      Anthony Ranaudo attended Louisiana State University, known as LSU, from 2008 - 2010. During those years, Ranaudo not only excelled on the field, but excelled academically at LSU, earning a spot on the 2010 SEC honor role! Not only did Ranaudo achieve academic success, but he was named to the 2009 First - Team All Louisiana and was crowned the 2009 NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player award before being drafted by the Red Sox in 2010!

    Ranaudo was drafted thirty-ninth ( 39th ) overall out of LSU in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Ranaudo later agreed to sign for a bonus of 2.55 million dollars! Four years later, Ranaudo continues to excel on the mound, which led to being ranked exceptionally high in MLB prospect ranks, lists and charts by's draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo. As of now, Ranaudo is ranked by Jonathan Mayo as the Boston Red Sox 5th ( fifth ) best prospect and the 78th best prospect in the minor leagues.

       As a said earlier, Ranaudo has excelled on the mound in the minors since 2010. Starting 23 games this season for the Pawtucket Red Sox,  Ranaudo is 14 - 4 with an excellent ERA of 2.46! Ranaudo has pitched a lengthy 131.2 innings this year, allowed only 105 hits, seven ( 7 ) home runs and has issued 51 walks. Ranaudo's overall record in the minors 35 -18 with a 3.42 ERA, that equals a winning percentage of .660! Although Anthony Ranaudo is not on the Boston Red Sox current roster, he is on their 40 - man roster and is probably ready for his September call - up. As a candidate for a spot on the starting rotation for the Red Sox in 2015, Ranaudo's game and class is constantly under surveillance by scouts from around the league, not to mention the Boston Red Sox's front office!

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