Former LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to make his MLB debut in Boston Friday night as the Red Sox starting pitcher against the New York Yankees.
First pitch for Friday’s game in Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT), and it will be televised by the MLB Network.
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. In 2009, 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.
Ranaudo earned all-America and all-SEC recognition during his LSU career, and he was named to the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Ranaudo has been one of the best pitchers in 2014 for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Class AAA affiliate. In 21 starts, he owns 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, Ranaudo 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.