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While the Texas Rangers are hard at work trying to sign many of their top picks, the club is also evaluating a few players – such as 11th round pick Anthony Ranaudo – as they play in various summer leagues.
A 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher from St. Rose High School in New Jersey, Ranaudo must choose between signing with the Rangers and attending perennial baseball power Louisiana State University.
The tall righty is pleased with his negotiations with the Rangers to this point, but he says they haven't been very extensive.
"[The negotiations] are going pretty well," said Ranaudo. "We haven't really talked money too much. We are still sorting out the whole situation with our advisor."
Currently playing at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy in New Jersey, Ranaudo is being further evaluated by his area scout.
"Rick Matsko, the area scout, is coming to pretty much all of my games," he said. "He's just going to keep evaluating me. We're going to wait it out a little while and hopefully we can come to an agreement sooner or later."
The tall righty says he is happy with the way he has pitched this summer.
"In my last couple of outings, I have felt pretty good," said Ranaudo. "I've had good location and my curveball has been coming around. I've got a good feel for my changeup. I've been pretty pleased."
Rangers scout Rick Matsko is not only evaluating Ranaudo, but he is giving him tips on the mound as well.
"The area scout has been helping me out a lot," explained Ranaudo. "He's actually been giving me some advice. We've been working together a little bit. We have just developed a good friendship. I feel like I'm throwing well and I just hope the Rangers think so too."
Ranaudo has also been in constant contact with the coaching staff at LSU.
"I talk to [the LSU coaches] pretty much every time I throw," he said. "I call the pitching coach and I've talked to coach [Paul] Maineri a couple of times. I've probably talked to them a dozen times since the draft. We have a real good open relationship and they know the situation. Everything is good from them."
The hurler says that if he signs with the Rangers, he would like to be able to pitch this season.
"I hope that if I sign, I can sign as early as possible," said Ranaudo. "I would like to get into the system and play some games this summer."
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