LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo, one of the teamís supplemental first-round draft picks (39 overall), continued to dazzle in the Cape Cod League, throwing seven shutout innings for Brewster against Bourne on Friday night.
In three starts, Ranaudo has not allowed a run over 17.2 innings. He has given up seven hits, walked two and struck out 16.
Extra Bases, as it turns out, had a correspondent at the game. One of our readers, Terpsforsox, was at the game and e-mailed in this report:
Threw 88 pitches, 60 strikes, and really seemed to be focusing on his curveball, which really looks like a plus pitch. Was 92-94 with tail on the fastball, and at times kept it right on the black. Kept the fastball down but was able to elevate when he needed to, and got hitters to chase it. I was really impressed with his curveball. 78-81 with good break, and he threw it a lot. He was able to throw it for strikes or bounce it, and by my count didn't give up a single hit off of it. Could throw it on any count in any spot; it was clear he
had the feel for it.
Did throw a few changeups, but not too many. 84-86 and didn't seem to have a great feel for it; bounced several and left several up, and only threw maybe two or three good ones. He looks like he's from the Josh Beckett mold; big guy (6-foot-7) with a lively fastball and a plus curve.
Good stuff there. Thanks.
The Sox signed their first two picks ó Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz ó to slot deals. In theory, that would leave them money to sign Ranaudo. Had he not been injured this season at LSU, Ranaudo would probably have been one of the first 10 picks. By pitching in the Cape, he hopes to prove he's worth that sort of deal.
Ranaudo sounds like a pitcher who could make a rapid rise though the system if he signs. It'll be interesting to see how his plays out.