Former LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to make his MLB debut in Boston Friday night against the New York Yankees.
Ranaudo, a native of Jackson, N.J., was a three-year letterman at LSU from 2008-10, and he was selected in the compensation round (39th overall pick) of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Red Sox.
Ranaudo was 12-3 with a 3.04 ERA (42 ER/124.1 IP) in 19 starts for the Tigers and earned the victory in the championship game of the College World Series versus Texas in 2009. He earned all-America and all-SEC recognition during his LSU career, and he was named to the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In 21 starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Class AAA affiliate, Ranaudo has a 2.41 ERA with a 1.148 WHIP, 99 strikeouts, 49 walks and six home runs allowed in 119.1 innings pitched. Since June, he has a 1.94 ERA, striking out 46 and walking 17 batters; opponents are hitting just .185 against him.
Ranaudo will become the sixth former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. The others are pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu and pitcher Kevin Gausman.
LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 22 of the past 24 seasons. LSU has produced a total of 64 Major Leaguers during its illustrious baseball history.