After seeing his prospect stock rebound this season, Red Sox righthander Anthony Ranaudo has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Ranaudo, 23, has seen the stuff that made him one of the top prospects out of the 2010 draft return this year. Ranaudo missed most of the 2012 season with shoulder inflammation, struggling with both his stuff and performance while he was on the field last year.
Durability will always be the red flag on Ranaudo, but in 109 2/3 innings this year with Double-A Portland, he posted a 2.95 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9, sitting in the 92-95 mph range with his fastball and scraping the high-90s when he needs the extra velocity, along with a sharp curveball that he can use as a putaway pitch.
With his promotion to Triple-A, Ranaudo should be in line to make his major league debut at some point next season and could be in the mix to break camp with the big league club. His resurgence this year could also make him an attractive trade chip for any team that believes he can handle the workload of a major league starter.