The deadline to sign draft picks has just passed and the Red Sox have signed LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo per sources on both sides.
More details to come.
UPDATE, 12:07 a.m.: Ranaudo fell to 39th in the draft after a an elbow injury marred his junior year at LSU. To prove his value, he started five games in the Cape Cod League for the Brewster Whitecaps and allowed 10 hits without an earned run over 29.2 innings.
As a sophomore, Ranaudo was 12-3 with a 3.04 ERA and was third nationally with 159 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. He’s a big (6-7, 230) power pitcher from New Jersey who also has a curveball and changeup.
Meanwhile, Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Sox also signed U. of Miami LHP Chris Hernandez (7th round) for $350,000.
UPDATE, 12:10 a.m.: The deal for Ranaudo was worth $2.55 million and is not a major league contract.
In all, it appears the Red Sox dropped just over $7 million today on draft picks. We’re waiting for the team release, but it seems they signed each of their top 10 picks and at least 14 of the top 15.
Tell you what, that’s a smarter way to spend John Henry’s money than on Kerry Wood.
UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Crazy night in the draft. The Tigers signed Florida HS shortstop Nick Castellanos for $3.45 million, a record for a pick outside the first round. He was a sandwich pick. Meanwhile the Yankees dropped $1.45 million on Florida HS outfielder Mason Williams, who was taken in the fourth round.
UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: The Red Sox have officially confirmed the signings of RHPs Anthony Ranaudo (supplemental 1st round), Brandon Workman (2nd round) and Matt Price (8th round), shortstops Sean Coyle (3rd round) and Garin Cecchini (4th round); left-handed pitcher Chris Hernandez (7th round), and outfielder Lucas LeBlanc (11th round).
They signed signed 23 of their 52 draft picks overall, including each of the first 10 selections and 14 of their top 15.
The highest pick not to sign was 9th-rounder Tyler Barnette, a RHP from North Carolina headed to Charlotte. From there, you drop down to high school catcher Mike Hollenbeck (14th round).
Those are minor losses when compared to the influx of talent coming into the organization. Ranaudo could prove to be the best pitcher in the draft while Coyle and Cecchini are big-time players who fell because of signability issues that the Sox resolved with bags of money.
Workman is also a significant pickup. Adding so many mature college pitchers in one draft gives the team a lot of flexibility this winter.
OK, that’s it for tonight. Thanks for checking in.