Re: Sox Should Not Trade Prospects
posted at 7/28/2013 1:59 AM EDT
In response to mef429's comment:
you don't think trading for Ervin Santana and Hochevar puts us over the top??
RESPONSE: No, I don't. Will acquiring them make the Sox better? Possibly. But, there's no way that acquiring these two pitchers puts the Sox over the top. This team lacks the ace starter that a championship team must have, lacks a dependable closer, lacks bullpen depth, and badly needs a righthanded power bat in the middle of it's line-up.
That would probably cost us Ranaudo and another mid level prospect like De La Torre. I'd make that trade in a heartbeat
RESPONSE: Aren't you assuming quite a bit, here? In any event, here's some scouting reports on Ranaudo:
A huge beast of a pitcher, the six foot eight Anthony Ranaudo is one of many premium righthanded arms from the 2010 Amateur Draft. The LSU alum works with a mid-90's fastball on an (obviously) downward plane, mixing in an average curve and changeup that will have to improve before he's MLB-worthy. There are still some concerns with his mechanics, as is often the case with tall pitchers, and his slightly jerky delivery worries a few scouts. Despite those concerns, though, Ranaudo is a pitcher with significant upside who should be worth the XL risk the Sox took on him./2013
Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
2013 Stats: 8-2, 91.0 IP, 2.67 ERA, 1.044 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 (16 GS, Portland)
Anthony Ranaudo’s time in pro ball has been anything but easy. In his first full season, Ranaudo’s work was adequate, but not nearly at the level expected from the former first-round pick. His 2012 season was no better, as he was often injured, and ineffective when he was on the mound.
These days, things are a lot different. As evidenced by his above stat line, Ranaudo has finally unlocked his potential with an epic breakout season.
Ranaudo has always had dominant stuff. He features a low- to mid-90s fastball with decent movement and heavy sink. Ranaudo also relies on a plus curveball that is the best in the Red Sox system. He also features a changeup that has some potential, but lacks deception and fade.
Ranaudo’s physical stature is also a huge part of his game. His 6’7” frame gives him a very effective downward plane with his heater. He posts strong ground-ball splits as a result. His mound presence is off the charts, but he needs to work on mixing pitches more effectively.
His biggest setback in the past has been his weak fastball command. However, he has vastly improved in this area in 2013, leading to spectacular results.
When Ranaudo was drafted, his brilliant curveball and solid fastball gave him the potential to become a staff ace. However, his changeup has not developed as hoped. While he may never lead Boston’s staff some day, his brilliant results this year suggest that he will easily become an outstanding midrotation starter.
Needless to say, he is a very worthy member of the U.S. team in the Futures Game. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1701598-scouting-reports-for-red-sox-prospects-in-the-2013-futures-game
The bottom line here my friend, is why trade such a prospect for mediocre stop-gap talent, that's not good enough to get this team over the hump?