Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo lost his command and his velocity and was hampered with a groin injury and fatigued shoulder last year.
The 2010 first-round pick, who received a $2.55 million signing bonus, saw his fastball velocity dip to the mid-to-high 80s last year. And he went 1-3 with a dismal 6.69 ERA at Double-A Portland before being sent to the Red Sox minor league complex in Fort Myers with a tired arm.
But 2013 is a new year and a whole different story.
Ranaudo has been terrific.
After going 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts for Portland, Ranaudo was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.
He made his Triple-A debut yesterday. He pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five batters.
He earned the win as the PawSox rolled 8-1 over Buffalo.Top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with a double, walk, RBI and run.
He is batting .282 with a .378 on-base percentage in 174 at-bats for Pawtucket since his promotion from Double-A.In 393 minor league at-bats this year, Bogaerts is batting .298 with 14 homers, 60 RBIs, 22 doubles and six triples.
Fisher Cats fall short
Andy Burns homered and Jack Murphy was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs but the Fisher Cats lost 8-3 to Richmond.
Murphy and Burns each had road trips.
In three games, Murphy was 6 for 11 with a homer and four RBIs. Burns homered twice and drove in six runs playing in five of the six games.
Gabe Jacobo was 2 for 2 with two walks and a run for New Hampshire, which dropped to 54-58.
The Fisher Cats have today off. They start a six-game homestand on Tuesday. Marcus Stroman (6-2, 2.96) goes for the Fisher Cats against Bowie LHP Jake Pettit (5-5, 4.85) at 6:45 p.m.
Lowell loses big
The Batavia Muckdogs jumped out to an early lead and a four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach for the Spinners. Lowell dropped the final game of a six-game homestand, 11-3.
Kevin Mager doubled and scored a run. Nick Moore tripled and scored. Aaron King was 1 for 3 with a double.
Ty Buttrey (3-2, 2.65) started for the Spinners and allowed three runs on six hits over 5.0 innings.
He did not walk or strikeout anyone. Dylan Chavez struggled after back-to-back scoreless performances, allowing four runs on five hits in an inning of relief. Taylor Grover was flawless in two perfect innings while Carlos Pinales was tagged for four runs on four hits and a walk in his one inning.