Anthony Ranaudo Tracker

RHP, Louisiana State University
Age: 20
Born: September 9, 1989
Height: 6′ 7″
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Class: Junior
Level: NCAA Division I

Advisor: Scott Boras


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Ranaudo is a big right hander out of LSU, and coming in to the 2010 college season he is considered to be one of the top two players in the 2010 draft, along with Bryce Harper.  Ranaudo works in the low 90s with his fastball, sitting in the low-to-mid 90s range, but touches 96 MPH.  Ranaudo has great control of his fastball, but that control could be improved.

He also throws a curveball, which sits in the mid-to-high 70s, and has late movement that could make the pitch a plus offering.  Ranaudo uses his fastball control to set up strikeout opportunities, then uses his curveball as an out pitch.  He doesn’t throw his changeup much, so he’s basically a two pitch pitcher at this point.

Ranaudo doesn’t have a need for more than his fastball and curve, as he finished third in Division I strikeouts in 2009, behind Stephen Strasburg and Mike Leake.  Ranaudo’s big frame, mid-90s fastball, and excellent control and command of his pitches makes him a potential ace of the future for any drafting team.  He is represented by Scott Boras, so any team drafting him will be in for a full summer of negotiations.


2007: Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round, 350th overall pick.

    Baseball America: #2 Overall (2/14/2010)
    Jonathan Mayo: #1 Overall (2/2/2010)

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