This is Part 7 in my series previewing the 2010 MLB draft from an Orioles perspective – The full series:
1. Series Introduction
2. Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada
3. Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
5. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
6. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
7. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
8. Q & A with Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby
9. Examining the Orioles’ Options by Pat Hickey
10. Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)
11. Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)
Today I’ll take a look at Anthony Ranaudo.
I was a little surprised that I wasn’t able to find a full scouting report on Ranaudo anywhere on the web. Instead, I’ve collected some summaries and put them together for you here.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball has a summary of Ranaudo:
“In January, Ranaudo was expected to be the top college pitcher in the draft class. Alas, he’s been limited to just 21 innings so far by a stress reaction in his elbow. In those 21 innings, he’s posted a 3.00 ERA with a 20/10 K/BB and 14 hits allowed. When healthy, the 6-7, 230 pounder has a 94-97 MPH fastball, and a strong curveball/changeup combination. He has the stuff to be a number one starter, but the injury issue clouds his status and will have to be monitored closely as we get closer to the draft. He was considered a lock for the first five picks until getting hurt, and he could still go that high if he throws well in May. He could also slip down the draft if teams get concerned about the medical reports, so at this point it is hard to know how to slot him.
Last June, I [Sickels] wrote this about Ranaudo:
“Anthony Ranaudo will enter 2010 as LSU’s ace, but he’ll hurt his shoulder in early March, be sidelined for the rest of the month and in April. He’ll come back in May and pitch okay, but his velocity will be down and no one will be sure what to do with him on draft day. He’ll end up being drafted in the fourth round early on the second day, will rehab his arm, look good in July ’10 workouts, then sign with whoever drafted him right before the August ’10 deadline.”
He ended up hurting his elbow instead of his shoulder. Right now I will assume that he’s healthy and effective in May, and if that’s true I expect he will be drafted either by the Orioles at three or the Indians at five. If health issues are bothersome down the stretch, he could fall into the early 20s.”
Project Prospect has a small scouting report on Ranaudo from the 2009 College World Series.
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com includes Ranaudo as one of his “Ten names to watch for 2010 draft”:
When Ranaudo was taken in the 11th round of the ’07 Draft by Rangers, he was all projection and arm strength, but didn’t have much more than the fastball. He’s 6-foot-7, so there was a lot to dream on, but he opted to go to work on his pitching at LSU. After not pitching all that much as a freshman (he had some elbow tendinitis), he took off this year, going 10-3 with a 2.95 ERA, striking out 147 over 109 2/3 IP and keeping hitters to a .198 average. Watch the College World Series if you want to glimpse at perhaps the best college right-hander in next year’s Draft class.
I believe Ranaudo was the undisputed top college pitcher entering the season before he went down with elbow soreness. If not for the injury concerns, Ranaudo would easily be the top college pitcher in this class due to his plus stuff.
With Deck McGuire, Chris Sale, Jameson Taillon and Drew Pomeranz all looking like better options than Ranaudo, there’s a very small chance the O’s take Ranaudo on draft day. Ranaudo will likely demand more money than a few of the guys listed above, but comes with the injury risk that the others don’t have.