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Scouting Update: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU (2010 Draft, Boston Red Sox)

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August 20, 2010

I had a look at Anthony Ranaudo in one of his five starts on the Cape. We have video we’ll run a bit later, but this is the summary and comparison to how he was when I saw him at UCLA in June. The Red Sox forked out $2.55 million for him.

In this look at Brewster, Ranaudo was 92-94 and averaged 92, which is better velocity than he had in June. His straight change was 84, still his third best pitch. The curveball was consistently at 79, which is a quality hard speed. It was sharper than when I saw him at UCLA and fewer fastballs were starting up in the zone.

Ranaudo is still behind in terms of mechanics and still looks like a guy getting by on arm speed alone. I wouldn’t go so far as to call his arm speed premium major league quality, but I would call it solid average.

He’s a bit of a tweener right now. He doesn’t have the power to stand out as a closer and he doesn’t have the consistency to survive as a starter.

The biggest single problem I have with Ranaudo is that his fastball is still up too many times. It is a weakness masked by hype and by facing inferior hitters as an amateur, but it won’t fly as a pro. That forces me to ask questions about aptitude for adjustment and if I conclude that it’s not there, those become risk factors.

On the bright side, I do think he’s healthy. I think the velocity is what you see is what you get. But the way he’s pitching now, he’s not setting himself up for long-term success. He may have won his above-slot money, but he’s going to be have to become a pitcher more than a thrower sooner rather than later. You can ignore this all you want. The hitters will tell you. Is he a star or is he depth? I think he’s depth.

Read June, 2010 Anthony Ranaudo Scouting Update
Read Summer 2010 Anthony Ranaudo Scouting Update
Watch Summer 2010 Anthony Ranaudo Video

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One Response to “Scouting Update: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU (2010 Draft, Boston Red Sox)”

  1. Kevin Leslie says:

    I completely agree with your scouting report on Ranaudo. I have not been overly impressed by him and think he will be no more than an average pitcher, at best, in the major leagues. Now, if he picks up more velocity as he matures….he could be a force. His injury is also a concern and I don’t like the way he left the Cape Cod League early.

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