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Let’s-make-a-deal time for Ranaudo after leaving Cape

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Anthony Ranaudo has left the Cape Cod League after making five starts — and a strong case for the Red Sox to sign him.

The 6-foot-7 righthander from LSU fell into the supplemental first round of the June draft, where the Red Sox snagged him with the 39th overall pick. Ranaudo was considered one of the best college pitchers coming into the 2010 season but threw only 51.2 innings because of an elbow injury.

Had he not been injured, Ranaudo would almost surely have been one of the first 10 picks of the draft. To prove that point, he went to pitch for Brewster and was ridiculously dominant. His stats:

29.2 innings
10 hits
2 runs
0 earned runs
8 walks
31 strikeouts
.101 opponent BA

Here’s how he pitched game-by-game.

Ranaudo maintained his fastball between 90-93 and touched 95 according to scouts I spoke to. The Red Sox kept a close eye on him throughout.

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Now the Red Sox have until Aug. 16 to sign Ranaudo. He and agent Scott Boras are seeking a contract commensurate with what a top 10 pick would receive. These sort of things always come down to the deadline, especially with Boras. But the Red Sox did not draft Ranaudo without knowing what the cost would be.

This is not Stephen Strasburg by any means. But Ranaudo is a mature college pitcher who could move quickly through the organization. His signing would be a major coup for the Red Sox.

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