May 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Greenville public relations director Eric Jarinko announced Sunday night on Twitter that pitcher Anthony Ranaudo has been promoted to High-A Salem. In 10 starts for the Drive, the right-hander out of LSU went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA, yielding 35 hits and fanning 50 batters in 46.0 innings of work. He held opponents to 3 runs or less in all but two of his starts, and set the wheels in motion for his promotion by striking out 8 in 6.0 innings of 3-hit ball Saturday night against Kannapolis. Ranaudo was selected 39th overall by Boston in the 2010 draft.
Ranaudo will assume the rotation spot of Chris Balcom-Miller, who according to Salem broadcaster Evan Lepler, earned a promotion to Double-A Portland this weekend after a brief stay in Salem. Balcom-Miller dominated the Carolina League, posting a 2.34 ERA in 34.2 innings of work. Acquired from Colorado in August 2010 in a trade for Manny DelCarmen, Balcom-Miller went 3-1 in 7 starts for Salem, striking out 37 and walking 11 batters while conceding just 24 hits.