MiLB Scouting Report: Anthony Ranaudo

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our minor league coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects around minor league baseball. Here's a look at Red Sox prospect, Anthony Ranaudo.

Name: Anthony Ranaudo
Position: Pitcher
Team: High-A Salem (Boston Red Sox)
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 231
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League

Scouting Report

Ranaudo looks the part, standing at 6-foot-7. He works consistently at 91-94 mph and will occasionally nip 95 on the gun. His fastball also shows some late hop but this hop seems to dwindle a bit as the innings go on. The velocity comes with the greatest of ease, but he's also a little too easy to pick up with his straight over the top delivery.

The curveball is a major weapon for Ranaudo and should get swings and misses for him at any level. Working at 78-81 mph, it consistently proves to be a plus pitch (plus-plus at times) and a pitch that he's confident in locating. The third pitch, however, is an issue for Ranaudo. He needs to show marked improvement with the changeup or he will continue to be bothered by lefty hitters as he moves up the ladder. He throws it at 82-84 mph, and while it shows some promise, the location is just not there on a batter to batter basis.

The fastball and breaking ball are clear plus pitch weapons for Ranaudo, and his size bodes well for his durability, but this third pitch needs to come along as does the consistency of his velocity and life deeper into his outings. The consistent knock on him is that considering the type of stuff he brings to the mound there are far too many good passes at his pitches from minor league hitters.

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