At the end of each season, the AA Eastern League names an All-Star team for the whole season. They name a best player at each position, top right-handed starter, top left-handed starter and best reliever. On Thursday, Boston Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo was named to the team as the top right-handed pitcher.
Ranaudo was promoted to AAA on Aug. 2, but he was dominant enough to still make the All-Star team. When he was called up to AAA, he was leading the Eastern League in WHIP (1.19) and batting average against (.242). He tied a Portland Sea Dogs record when he struck out 13 in a July 13 game. Ranaudo struck out 106 batters in 109.2 innings with an ERA under three.
Since being called up to AAA, Ranaudo has a 2-1 record and 3.42 ERA in five starts. Sox Prospects has Ranaudo ranked as the third-best starting pitching prospect in the Red Sox system.
Ranaudo played in the AA All-Star game in the middle of the season and pitched in the MLB Futures Game. Despite having an excellent year in regular season games, he struggled in both showcase events. He did not get through two innings of work between the two games, and gave up a home run and multiple runs in each.
Ranaudo does not project to be an ace by any means, but could be a very serviceable back-of-the-rotation arm. His fastball can get up to 95, but can really get up on hitters quickly thanks to his long 6-foot-7 frame. If he can gain consistency in his curve and change, Ranaudo may be able to make a push to start next year with the big league club.