Anthony Ranaudo was impressive in his debut with the Greenville Drive on Sunday, tossing a five-inning shutout while striking out four. Ranaudo, the Red Sox' No. 39 overall pick in the 2010 draft, allowed three hits and one walk in his first professional outing, which he waited more than 10 months to make.
Ranaudo's performance was more than enough to lead the Drive, the Single-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, to a 7-0 victory over Augusta.
"I've been waiting a long time [to reach the pros]. Today was finally the day and I tried to make the most of it," Ranaudo told the website. "To come out and be successful and to get a win for team, it's a great feeling."
Ranaudo's first pitch of the game was clocked at an impressive 95 miles per hour, yet the 21-year-old said that he didn't have his best velocity. If that's the case, Red Sox fans should start getting excited about this young man.