Top Prospect Promotions: Foltynewicz, Ranaudo

Two well-regarded young arms both got the call for their respective teams. At this point, even if both players stay on the MLB roster the rest of the way, they will of course not be able to accrue enough service time to set them up for eventual Super Two qualification. On the other hand, they’ll bank plenty of service days now and begin moving towards arbitration eligibility. Let’s take a look:

  • Righty Mike Foltynewicz will get his call-up for a relief role with the Astros, reports Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The 22-year-old with a big fastball currently ranks 65th on’s list of the game’s top 100 prospects, with Baseball America ranking him 59th coming into the year. With Foltynewicz, the big question is whether he can develop his secondary offerings to the point that he will stick in a rotation, but Houston will plan to use him in relief this season and give him a chance at earning a starting role in the spring (according to a tweet from’s Brian McTaggart).
  • Meanwhile, Anthony Ranaudo will take the bump today for the Red Sox after previously scheduled starter John Lackey was dealt away, as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal tweets. Ranking 82nd among the game’s prospects per, the 24-year-old righty has put up excellent results in each of the last two seasons as he climbed through the minor league ranks. This year, he owns a 2.41 ERA through 119 1/3 innings at Triple-A, with 7.5 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9. praises his sinker and sharp curve, though says he still was work to do refining his change.

23 Responses to Top Prospect Promotions: Foltynewicz, Ranaudo Leave a Reply

  1. Karkat 12 months ago

    I sure hope Ranaudo is a guy who thrives under pressure, for his sake tonight

    • JacobyWanKenobi 12 months ago

      The Yankees always get wrecked by rookies. They just get so bitter when they see youth that they can’t swing straight.

      • Uriel Alessandro 12 months ago

        after each strikeout they should swing their fist yelling “you meddling kids!!”

    • At least he only has to face up against Capuano

  2. Chioakcisco 12 months ago

    I’m happy to see Ranaudo up. His Minor League numbers are tremendous, he might end up being a very good starter soon.

  3. Dave M. 12 months ago

    Renaudo is right handed, not a “southpaw.” Thank you for all the trade deadline coverage!

    • Karkat 12 months ago

      Probably got him crossed up with Owens (who just got promoted to AAA! :D)

      • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 12 months ago

        After covering the site all day yesterday, I have everything confused with everything else. But thank you to all who pointed out my error for being gentle. Edited.

        • Karkat 12 months ago

          Well this website has basically been the Jeff Todd as Attributed Author Show lately xD We understand!

          • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 12 months ago

            Fun last couple days, but I’m looking forward to the manager coming out of the dugout and calling in a reliever. I am confident that Mark Polishuk will strand the runners I’m leaving for him (ugly inning: E1, WP, HBP, BB).

          • Karkat 12 months ago

            That pitching line reminds me of Julian Tavarez.

            Wait a second… Julian Tavarez… J.T. …. Jeff Todd……………..

          • Infield Fly 12 months ago

            Naaaaah. Jeff Todd is friendly and doesn’t appear to have rage issues…

          • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 12 months ago

            My friends would laugh if they saw this comment … quite unlike most people, I am actually much more tame and reasonable on the internet than in real life!

          • Infield Fly 12 months ago

            OK Jeff…you want to take this outside?! ;-p

            Seriously though, better behaved on the internet? I’ll have what you’re having!!

          • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 12 months ago

            It is actually a not-unrealistic recollection of my only high school pitching appearance, circa 1999.

            Took off the accustomed catching gear, trotted to the mound, threw about 17 balls on 23 pitches and gave up two runs, as I recall. Was marginally more successful as an emergency shortstop (3 put-outs, 2 errors, perhaps).

        • Mike Maher 12 months ago

          Thanks for all the coverage, Jeff.

  4. Mike Maher 12 months ago

    Ranaudo is a righty, not a lefty.

  5. Ace2095 12 months ago

    Making his debut against the Yankees, can’t get any better then this, I’m looking forward to it :)

  6. Don 12 months ago

    Sox have 10 of Baseball America’s pre-season top 100 prospects. Six on the updated list. They have an enormous amount of young talent. Four right handed pitchers and four left handed pitchers in the pipeline. I like seeing young guys have a chance to develop, not as much fun as a World Series chase, but I’m not complaining.

  7. Bob Bunker 12 months ago

    So pumped to watch Ranaudo pitch tonight hope he stays up for the rest of the year and earns a spot in next years rotation!

  8. Ranaudo really has rebuilt his stock over the past couple of years. Hit a bump in the road beforehand

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