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June 7, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Red Sox select RHP Anthony Ranaudo


With the 39th pick in the 2010 draft, the Red Sox selected pitcher Anthony Ranaudo out of LSU. A 6'7" righthander, Ranaudo was considered to be one of the top college arms in the country entering this 2010 college season. However, he missed some time with elbow problems, and his stock dropped due to issues with mechanics, inconsistency, and poor performance.

Ranaudo's fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range, but is said to have below-average movement . He also throws an over-the-top, 12-6 curveball which hits 78-80 MPH on the radar gun, as well as a subpar changeup. Ranaudo has struggled to keep the ball down in the zone since his mechanical issues have arisen, but he has shown the ability to showcase a good fastball-curveball combination.

Ranaudo made 15 appearances for LSU in the spring, going 5-3 with a 7.32 ERA. He pitched 51.2 innings, allowing 60 hits and 27 walks while striking out 54 batters. That performance is obviously a significant drop off from 2009, in which the tall righty went 12-3 with a 3.04 ERA. He had 159 strikeouts in 124.1 innings on the way to leading LSU to a national championship.