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July 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

June Players of the Month: Sean Coyle and Anthony Ranaudo

While the 2014 draft brought an influx of new talent into the Boston system, it was a pair of 2010 draftees who dominated on the field in June. Sean Coyle, taken in the third round four years ago, has been named SoxProspects.com Player of the Month, and 39th overall pick Anthony Ranaudo takes honors as SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month.

After battling through more than his share of injury issues, Coyle was finally able to show what he could do with a full month of playing time, winning his first Player of the Month recognition. After appearing in only 60 games due to thumb, elbow, and knee injuries in 2013, Coyle was off to a solid start this season before a hamstring injury knocked him out for four weeks. He returned in late May, and was fantaistic in June, hitting .348/.450/.652 in June with an organization-leading six home runs. In one particularly impressive stretch, the Germantown, Pennsylvania native returned to the Keystone State to batter the Reading Fightin Phils. For the four-game series, Coyle was 8 for 15 with five walks, four extra-base hits, and 11 runs driven in. The month was capped when the Portland Sea Dog second baseman was named to the U.S. roster for the Futures Game. 

It was an impressive month for pitching in the organization, and Anthony Ranaudo beat out a half-dozen qualified candidates to earn his third Pitcher of the Month honor. Previously honored in both April and May of 2013, the 6-foot-7 righty had perhaps his best month yet in June. In 36 2/3 innings across six starts, Ranaudo posted a tidy 1.47 ERA and miniscule 0.82 WHIP. The former LSU Tiger held opposing batters to a .163 average, and he struck out 28, walked 10, and allowed just one home run. He allowed three or fewer runs in each of his six starts, and held his opponent scoreless in three outings.

Photo Credit: Sean Coyle and Anthony Ranaudo by Kelly O'Connor