Thursday, April 24, 2014
Former Portland Sea Dogs right-hander Anthony Ranaudo was named the Eastern League Player of the year, the league announced Saturday.
Ranaudo, 23, recorded an 8-4 record with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts with the Sea Dogs, before he was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 2. He also had 106 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings.
If the league had a Comeback Player of the Year award, Ranaudo would have been eligible for that, too. He struggled with injuries in 2012 and was 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA in Portland.
He returned to the Sea Dogs this year and joined a touted rotation that included Drake Britton, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes. Britton and Workman are in Boston, and Barnes recently joined Ranaudo in Pawtucket.
Besides his ERA and strikeout numbers, Ranaudo led the league in walks/hit per inning (WHIP), at 1.09.
Ranaudo became the third Sea Dogs pitcher to win the award, following Michael Tejera in 1999, when Portland was affiliated with the Marlins, and Jon Lester in 2005.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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