Anthony Ranaudo, Xander Bogaerts named to All-Star Futures Game; Garin Cecchini up for final vote
|06.26.13 at 3:25 pm ET|
For the second straight year, the Red Sox will send a pair of representatives to the All-Star Futures Game, an exhibition of the top talents in the minor leagues, on July 14, during the All-Star weekend at CitiField in New York. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, currently with Triple-A Pawtucket, will take part in his second straight Futures Game, and this year, he’ll be joined by right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who has enjoyed a dominant year with Double-A Portland.
Bogaerts, 20, is hitting .296/.389/.498 with 10 homers in 68 games split between Portland and Pawtucket. He forced his way up to Triple-A by hitting .311/.407/.502 in 56 games with Portland, becoming the first 20-year-old since 1999 to have an average of at least .300, an OBP of at least .400 and a slugging mark of at least .500. For a detailed look at why Bogaerts projects as a potential superstar, click here.
Ranaudo, 23, is 7-2 with a 2.28 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 27 walks in 79 innings this year in Double-A — the same level where he flailed while dealing with injuries last year to the tune of a 6.69 ERA. Once again healthy, he’s looked like the pitcher whom the Sox hoped they were acquiring when they took him in the supplemental first round of the 2010 amateur draft, featuring a powerful fastball that he pounds down in the strike zone, sitting at 92-94 and touching as high as 97 and even 98 mph this year. He complements that with a hard curve and a changeup that has looked like a solid offering. (For his description of his arsenal, click here.)
Both Bogaerts and Ranaudo recently joined Minor Details. To hear their interviews, click here.
Meanwhile, the Sox could land a third Futures Game representative. Third baseman Garin Cecchini, recently promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland, is on a ballot of finalists for the last spot on the U.S. roster. Fans can vote to determine if Cecchini, Yankees prospect Tyler Austin, Tigers slugger Nick Castellanos, Brandon Nimmo of the Mets or Courtney Hawkins of the White Sox will be the last player on the U.S. Team. Cecchini, 22, is hitting .348 with a .466 OBP and .535 slugging mark between the two levels.