Back in 2010 Anthony Ranaudo was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. He was taken 39th overall. Boston drafted him before Brandon Workman that year. Workman started a Spring Training game and looks to see some playing time with the Red Sox. Ranaudo on the other hand might not.
Ranaudo did not fare so well in 2012 Spring Training for Boston, and now he is fighting for any chance he can get. The one time highly touted draft prospect was looking to be an overall number two draft pick in 2010. Unfortunately he had some control issues in college at LSU his final year and he dropped in the draft.
I’m sure Ranaudo has read that reporters think that 2013 will be his make or break season. Hopefully he disagrees with that mentality, and knows that it is a process and everything will not always go his way. Ranaudo will have to take his lumps along the way–how he bounces back is the main thing.
The Red Sox see his determination and want him to succeed. His best season for hims so far was in 2011 when he had an ERA of 3.97 with 117 strikeouts. 2012 was a year for Ranaudo to forget. He got injured and didn’t play that much for Boston’s Double-A affiliate in Portland.
This year he added weight and started to pitch with a stronger velocity.
Red Sox manager Ben Cherington spoke with Evan Drellich from The Republican saying:
“I think he’s been frustrated because he hasn’t been able to stay on the mound as much as he wanted to. Obviously a very talented kid and he works hard. But it looks like he put himself in a position physically to hopefully take the ball more often. That’s got to start there.”
Ranaudo looks to be in great physical shape this year and will play in Portland again. To help with pitching technique he has been strengthening his core and working on his flexibility. If he does have a great season in Portland he might get to see some playing time next year for the Red Sox or depending on whether the Red Sox pitching staff can stay healthy he might get called up this season.