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Pirate Draft Options: LSU’s Big, Emotional, RH Fireballer Anthony Ranaudo [Videos]

Perhaps Anthony Ranaudo a 6’7″ RHP from LSU will be the Pirates first pick?  Many mock drafts have Ranaudo coming to Pittsburgh.   The MLB draft is still so far away, but get used to seeing a pile of videos on RumBunter of possibilities for your Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ranaudo was originally drafted in the 11th round of the 2007 draft by the Texas Rangers before deciding to go to college. Despite his huge size reports vary on a mid-90s fastball.  Ranaudos’ velocity dropped in the College World Series, nonetheless, he is considered one of the best pitching prospects in the country.

How fast do pitches look when the pitcher is 6’7″?  Faster than they actually are.  Ranaudo has a great curve, but can he truly be called a fireballer again?  Absolutely.

He throws a hard, tight 76-78 curveball which comes from the same arm slot as his fastball. His curve is just a nasty 12-6 offering and has the same flight path as his fastball before it falls from the sky. He also has a changeup to compliment his fastball, but his best pitch is the curveball. Now.  And check this out Pirate fans, some scouts feel he can work quickly through the minors because he is very polished and has a deceptive delivery.  Jackpot?  If only it was so easy in baseball drafts.

Ranaudo got the call in the decisive third game of the College World Series and look fast in the video of the CWS below and you can see him.   Videos after the jump

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Check this out, high leverage situation in the Regionals. Ranaudo picks up the strikeout. Sure. That’s cool. But watch after he comes near the dugout. Typically, pitchers get bounced around, watch at the :45 second mark as two LSU teammates gives some bump love to Ranaudo. Brick. Wall.

An excellent video on the tremendous 2009 LSU World Series Championship series with Texas. Ranaudo did not have a good CWS.

Topics: Anthony Ranaudo, LSU, MLB Draft

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  • Leadoff

    Ranaudo might be a good choice if Washington does not take him first.
    Personally this year I would go with a position player, the Bucs need a big time shortstop prospect in the organization, possibly Colon.

    • http://rumbunter.com Shaftie

      Leadoff, thanks man. Excellent point about the Nats. Have you heard anything about Colon being moved to 2B? I have heard scouts rumbling that….

  • Leadoff

    Shaftie

    I have not heard about Colon moving to SB.
    I did notice that one blog site:http://mlbbonusbaby.com/category/mock-draft/
    has him as the pick the Pirates will take with the first pick.
    That is Andy Seiler’s mock draft.

  • Jason

    Here is a name (other than Harper)to watch, Yordy Cabrera. His pops is a minor league coach in the Tigers organization (baseball smarts?), and he seems like a stand up kid. His build, 6-2 190 probably projects to a corner spot, but he is a SS now. He has a strong arm (94 mph heater) but the big sell is his plus power bat. That bat beat the much lauded Bryce Harper in an All-Star game home run derby 5-3. All but one of his homers were longer than Harper’s. A google search pulls up some solid articles on him. If we are going off of youtube videos and “scouting reports”, I’ll take this kid for half as much and cross my fingers that the front office goes after more young pitching like this year.

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