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.