In an otherwise disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox have been able to an extended look at some of its younger players. One player who has taken advantage of his opportunity is 25-year-old rookie pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. On Wednesday night, the right-handed pitcher had his best start of the season as he led the team to an 11-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ranaudo was in full control over seven innings after allowing the only two runs he would give up in the first inning. He settled down after that and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his young career. Ranaudo gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two in an outing that impressed Red Sox manager John Farrell.
If he takes a state back and looks at the overall work this year from April through his time in Pawtucket to now, it’s been an outstanding development year for him,” Farrell said regarding Ranaudo’s time between Triple-A Pawtucket and Boston. “He’s learned some valuable things while here and this should be a little bit of a springboard into the offseason.’
With his performance this season Ranaudo has staked his claim for a spot in the 2015 starting rotation. He has showed poise and has shown that he can bounce back and turn a shaky start into a solid outing, as he proved on Wednesday night. The one thing he has struggled with is the home run ball. He didn’t allow one in his last start of the season, which is something he is taking as a positive.
I think that’s a really good building block for me to take home for the offseason,” said Ranaudo. “There’s still some things I need to work on and get better, but definitely something to guild off of.”
Ranaudo finished the season 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA with Boston. In his time with Pawtucket, he went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts. His mound presence and poise are two areas where Farrell feel are key attributes in his jump to the major leagues. Ranaudo believes he has established himself as a very capable starting pitcher. He said:
Coming into the year, I wanted to be one of the guys in the organization that had one of the most innings pitched. I think I put myself in a good position to be one of those guys this year, and that was one of the things I was most proud of – that I’ve been healthy the last two years and have really made some strides in my development and being able to be that guy that goes six, seven, eight innings every time he takes the ball.”