PawSox Starter Anthony Ranaudo Named IL Most Valuable Pitcher

 PawSox news release…

The Pawtucket Red Sox, in conjunction with the International League, are pleased to announce today that PawSox RHP Anthony Ranaudo has been chosen as the 2014 International League Most Valuable Pitcher.  Ranaudo was also elected to the 2014 post-season International League All-Star Team as the starting pitcher.  No other PawSox players were chosen for the team.   The post-season All-Star Team and Award Winners are selected by the league’s managers, coaches, media, and club representatives. 

Ranaudo becomes the seventh IL Most Valuable Pitcher in PawSox history following Dick Pole (1973), Bobby Ojeda (1981), Aaron Sele (1993), Brian Rose (1997), Bronson Arroyo (2003), and Charlie Zink (2008). 

Ranaudo, 24, is 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts for the PawSox this season.  He leads the International League in Wins, is 2nd in ERA, and has the Lowest Batting Average Against of any IL starter at .223 (112 hits in 503 at-bats).  Ranaudo also has the 3rd best WHIP in the league (1.20) and has allowed the 2nd Fewest Baserunners/9 IP at 11.09.  His overall line – 138 IP, 112 H, 45 R, 40 ER, 54 BB, 111 SO,

Anthony has an excellent chance to finish with the best ERA in the league.  He currently trails only Liam Hendriks (2.33) but Hendriks, formerly of Buffalo, is now pitching in the Pacific Coast League with Omaha following a late-July trade and he won’t accumulate enough innings to qualify for the IL ERA title.   

The 6’7” Ranaudo made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox on August 1 when he beat the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, 4-3.  He was optioned to Pawtucket after that start but returned to the Red Sox on August 13 for another start which he won at Cincinnati, 5-4 before being sent back to the PawSox again the next day. 

Anthony has not lost with Pawtucket since June 1 at Norfolk as he is 9-0 in his last 12 starts for the PawSox (and 2-0 in 2 GS for Boston) since that point…He was especially effective in June going 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 6 starts and followed that up with a 3-0 mark and a 2.66 ERA in 4 starts in July…He has posted a 1.76 ERA in 12 starts at McCoy Stadium this season (going 7-3) and is 7-1 on the road with a 3.39 ERA…For what it’s worth he is undefeated in night games going 10-0 in 14 starts at night…Ranaudo has started seven shutout victories for the PawSox this season (one 5-inning CG and six combined SHO) including three different times when he turned in 7 scoreless inning stints while earning victories…4-0 at Indianapolis on May 15, 7-0 in Durham on June 6, and 10-0 vs. Durham on June 30. 

Ranaudo, a New Jersey native who now lives in Baton Rouge, LA, was Boston‘s sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2010 June draft after a standout collegiate career at LSU where he earned the win in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series.  He was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 going 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Portland while also leading the EL with both a 1.09 WHIP and a .204 opponent average. 

Some notable PawSox International League All-Stars over the years include: outfielders Jim Rice & Fred Lynn (1974), 3B Butch Hobson (1976), SS Glenn Hoffman & 3B Dave Stapleton (1979), LHP Bob Ojeda (1981), 2B Marty Barrett (1982), 3B Steve Lyons (1984), OF Mike Greenwell (1986), SS Tim Naehring (1990), 3B Scott Cooper (1991), RHP Aaron Sele (1993), RHP Bronson Arroyo (2003), C Kelly Shoppach (2004 & 2005), INF Dustin Pedroia (2006), SS Jose Iglesias (2012), and C Ryan Lavarnway (2012).