Ranaudo with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2014
Texas Rangers – No. 46
Born: September 9, 1989|
Freehold Township, New Jersey
|August 1, 2014 for the Boston Red Sox|
(through April 15, 2015)
|Earned run average||5.93|
Anthony Ronald Ranaudo (born September 9, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended Louisiana State University (LSU) and played college baseball for the LSU Tigers. He made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2014.
Early life and amateur career
Ranaudo was one of four children born to Angelo and Sharon Ranaudo. He attended St. Aloysius School in Jackson, New Jersey and St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey. During his time at St. Rose, he also played basketball and was president of the student council. Amassing numerous awards as a standout pitcher, Anthony was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2007 MLB draft upon graduation, but did not sign a contract. He was a New York Yankees fan growing up.
Ranaudo attended Louisiana State University (LSU). He pitched for the LSU Tigers baseball team from 2008 through 2010. Entering his junior season in 2010, Anthony was seen by many as one of the top pitchers coming into the draft. However, Anthony missed five weeks of the season due to an elbow injury. He had a standout year in 2009, third in NCAA strikeouts and was a critical player in the Tigers' College World Series victory. However, upon returning from the elbow injury in 2010, neither his numbers nor performance were the same as the previous year.
Ranaudo also pitched twice in the Cape Cod Baseball League. After his freshman year he pitched for the Y-D Red Sox and then for the Brewster Whitecaps following his junior year. Anthony dominated during his tenure with the Whitecaps, pitching to a 3-0 record, without giving up a run in 29.2 innings of 31/8 K/BB pitching.
Ranaudo was selected 39th overall in the supplemental First Round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He signed with the Red Sox for a $2.55 million signing bonus just shortly before the signing deadline on August 16, 2010. Ranaudo was assigned first to the Red Sox minor league affiliate Lowell Spinners where he did not pitch in 2010.
In 2011, Ranaudo made his professional debut with the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League. In 10 starts for the Drive, he posted a 4-1 record with a 3.33 earned run average and a 1.10 WHIP over 46 innings pitched. He was then promoted to the A+ Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League, where he went 5-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 16 starts, including 67 strikeouts and a 1.35 WHIP in 81 innings. He finished the season with a combined 9-6 record and a 3.97 ERA in 26 starts, 117 strikeouts, a 1.27 WHIP and 127 innings pitched.
Ranaudo was promoted to the AA Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League for the 2012 season. Previously, he was ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization and the 5th overall minor league prospect in Major League Baseball by MiLB.com. Ranaudo was injured for much of April and May and did not earn his first win with the Sea Dogs until June. His season ended early due to injuries, going 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA over nine starts in just 37⅔ innings of work.
Ranaudo returned to the Portland Sea Dogs in 2013, earning bids in the All-Star Futures Game and the Eastern League All-Star Game along the way. At the end of July, he was leading the league in both WHIP (1.09) and batting average against (.204), while posting an 8-4 record and a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts, which included an 8.7 K/9 rate. He then gained a promotion to Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox on August 2.
Late in August, Ranaudo was selected to the Eastern League Year–End All-Star team and was named the circuit's Pitcher of the Year, as voted on by league managers and media members.
Ranaudo was added to the Red Sox 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.
Major League Baseball career
Ranaudo was called up to the major leagues for the first time on August 1, 2014 and made his Major League Baseball debut that day in a start against the New York Yankees. In that start he collected his first career strikeout, striking out, Derek Jeter, who coincidentally, was his boyhood sports hero. He also won the game. The next day, Ranaudo was optioned back to Pawtucket, but recalled August 12.
On January 27, 2015, the Red Sox traded Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Robbie Ross. He was sent down to begin the season with Triple–A Round Rock Express on March 28, 2015.
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