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Ranaudo named EL Pitcher of the Year
Red Sox prospect outstanding for Portland before promotion
08/31/2013 5:00 PM ET
Anthony Ranaudo went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts for Portland.
Anthony Ranaudo went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts for Portland. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce that Portland Sea Dogs right-handed starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo has been selected as the 2013 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.

The 23-year old started 19 games for the Sea Dogs this season and posted a record of 8-4 with 106 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA over 109 2/3 innings pitched. He was rewarded with a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 2nd, where he has put together a record of 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts.

Ranaudo, who is a native of Jackson, N.J., was leading the league in WHIP (1.09) and batting average against (.204) at the time of his promotion to Triple-A. He was also ranked third in ERA (2.95), tied for seventh in wins (eight) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (106). Ranaudo etched his name into the Portland record books with his performance on June 13th, tying a franchise record with 13 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Erie.

In addition to winning this award the 6-foot-7, 230-pound hurler was also selected as the right-handed starting pitcher on the recently announced Eastern League All-Star Team. Ranaudo was also the starting pitcher for the Eastern Division at the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Conn. and participated in the 2013 MLB Futures Game at Citi Field in New York.

Anthony, who entered the season rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization and was ranked 14th overall, was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 39th overall pick of the 2010 Draft out of Louisiana State University.

Bowie right-handed starter Mike Wright finished second in the voting for the award and Richmond left-handed starter Jack Snodgrass finished in third place. This award was voted on by Eastern League managers and media members.

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