Card: 2014 Bowman Chrome #BCAP-AR
Anthony Ronald Ranaudo (born September 9, 1989 in Freehold Township, NJ) is a former professional baseball pitcher who previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Chicago White Sox. Prior to playing professionally, he attended Louisiana State University and played college baseball for the LSU Tigers. Anthony was one of four children born to Angelo and Sharon Ranaudo.
Ranaudo threw two no-hitters as a sophomore in high school; in the state championship game that year, he had a two-hit shutout and cracked a three-run homer. His junior year, he was 7-0 with a 0.96 ERA. He fell to 5-2, 1.32 as a senior. Overall, he was 21-4 with a 1.44 ERA in high school and hit .402 with 11 homers and 83 RBI. He also had over 1,300 points and 800 rebounds in high school basketball. The Texas Rangers chose him in the 11th round of the 2007 amateur draft but he opted for college.
Anthony had a 1-0, 0.00 record in 12 innings as a freshman at Louisiana State University and threw one shutout inning in the 2008 College World Series. He improved to 12-3, 3.04 in 2009 and struck out 159 in 124 1/3 innings. He led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts, but lost Pitcher of the Year honors in the SEC to teammate Louis Coleman. He was second in the SEC in opponent average (.209) and third in ERA. In NCAA Division I, he was third overall in Ks behind Stephen Strasburg and Mike Leake.
In the 2009 College World Series, Anthony was 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA. In the finale of the CWS, he walked five in 5 1/3 innings but beat the University of Texas. He made the CWS All-Tournament Team though Most Outstanding Player honors went to teammate Jared Mitchell.
Ranaudo was considered the #2 prospect for the 2010 amateur draft behind Bryce Harper, but was hampered by injury and his stock fell during his junior season. In the end, he was selected in the supplemental 1st round by the Red Sox with the 39th pick of the draft.
Ranaudo made his major league debut with the Red Sox on August 1, 2014, on the day after the Red Sox completely reshaped their roster by trading away a number of the players who had made key contributions to their World Series championship the year before. Ranaudo started against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park and although he put runners on in each of his first three innings, he showed no sign of nervousness, working out of the jam each time, before allowing a run in the 4th. he ended up a 4-3 winner as he gave up only one other run in 6 innings. His first strikeout victim was his boyhood idol, Derek Jeter.
Just like it looked that Anthony would have a chance to join the Red Sox's starting rotation full time in 2015, plans changed when he was unexpectedly traded to the Rangers on January 27th in return for P Robbie Ross. Prone to the gopher ball, Anthony would play for the Rangers and then the White Sox (where he hit his first home run) followed by a one year stint in 2016 in the KBO with the Samsung Lions before becoming a free agent.
In 2022, he was elected to the Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.
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