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Red Sox draft OF Brentz, RHP Ranaudo

The Red Sox are done drafting for today.

They selected Middle Tennessee outfielder Bryce Brentz No. 36 overall and LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo No. 39 overall.

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That’s a great selection at that point for the Sox. Ranaudo was considered one of the best college arms before a non-structural elbow injury shut him down for three weeks and his stock dropped.

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If healthy — and he has appeared such in recent weeks — he is a guy who could move quickly through their organization.

Ranaudo also is advised by Scott Boras, which makes him a tough signing. But with Kolbrin Vitek already signed to a “slot” deal, the Sox had the ability to take a chance with one of their bonus picks and did so with Ranaudo.

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Brentz, 21, hit .348 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 46 games for Middle Tennessee. He had a monstrous sophomore season, getting named All-America and making Team USA. The 6-foot, 185-pound Knoxville native was not as dominant as a junior but came into the draft as one of the best pure hitters in the college ranks.

Ranaudo could be a steal at No. 39. The 20-year-old came into the season ranked as one of the best pitchers in the draft. A stress reaction in his elbow changed that as Ranaudo missed three weeks then struggled upon returning.

The 6-foot-7, 227-pound New Jersey native was 5-3 with a 7.32 ERA for the Tigers in 15 appearances but showed his potential at the end of the season, getting his fastball back in the mid-90s. He also throws a curveball and changeup.

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Theo Epstein saw him pitch in the SEC tournament, which likely helped sway him to the Red Sox.

Stay with Extra Bases as we’re about to get on a conference call with Theo Epstein and Amiel Sawdaye.

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