So far, so good for Anthony Ranaudo

The Sox are off today. But if you’re interested in following some baseball, go on line and check in on how the Single A Greenville Drive fare tonight.

Anthony Ranaudo will be on the mound for Greenville. He is 1-0 with an 0.60 earned run average through three starts. His line so far:

15 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 15 K.

That’s impressive considering Ranaudo had not pitched since last summer in the Cape Cod League. The 21-year-old out of LSU was the 39th overall pick in the draft last June, falling to the Red Sox because of health and signability issues.

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The Sox have proceeded cautiously since, limiting Ranaudo’s workload and having him start his pro career in Low A ball. If he continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, Ranaudo will likely be elevated to High-A Salem before too long.

It’s not inconceivable that Ranaudo finishes the season with Class AA Portland. He was third in the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore trailing Stephen Strasburg and Mike Leake. This is a young man with a lot of talent. He’s also 6-foot-7, 231 pounds.

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