Portland, Maine- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced that Portland Sea Dogs right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo is the 2013 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. This award was voted on by Eastern League managers and media members.
Ranaudo posted an 8-4 record with a 2.95 ERA (39 ER/ 109.2 IP) with 106 strikeouts in 19 starts for the Sea Dogs this season. He opened the season notching a 6-1 record with a1.48 ERA (9 ER/54.2 IP) in his first 10 starts. The 23 year-old earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 2nd. At the time of his call-up, Ranaudo was leading the Eastern League in WHIP (1.09) and batting average against (.204). He also ranked third in ERA (2.95), tied for seventh in wins (8) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (106). On June 13th, he tied a Sea Dogs franchise record by striking out 13 batters, a career high for Ranaudo, in a 2-0 win over Erie.
In addition to being named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, Ranaudo was selected as the right-handed pitcher on the recently announced 2013 Year-End Eastern League All-Star squad. The 6'7", 230 lb. hurler was also tabbed as the starting pitcher for the Eastern Division in the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Connecticut and he participated in the prestigious MLB All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in New York on July 14th.
Since joining the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 2nd, Ranaudo is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA (10 ER/ 26.1 IP) with 16 strikeouts.
The Jackson, New Jersey native entered the 2013 season ranked as the #6 pitching prospect in the Red Sox system and the 14th overall according to Baseball America. Ranaudo was the Red Sox third pick (sandwich pick between the first and second rounds, 39th overall) in the June 2010 draft out of Louisiana State University.
Ranaudo is the third Sea Dogs pitcher to earn Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors joining Michael Tejera (1999) and Jon Lester (2005).
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.