2016 was more of the same for Anthony Ranaudo, as the 6-foot-7 right-hander continued his trend of succeeding in the minors and doing the direct opposite in the majors. The former top prospect began the season in the Rangers organization, although he was shipped to the White Sox following a disastrous two-outing cup of coffee in Arlington. He garnered an extended stint with the White Sox thanks to an excellent 1.02 BB/9 at Triple-A Charlotte. As usual, however, he lost his control once he headed to the majors, bumping his White Sox BB/9 up to 5.74 while giving up home runs at a torrid pace (2.87 per nine innings). Ranaudo isn't a completely lost cause at age 27, although the fact that he hasn't broken through at the major league level after first appearing in 2014 is somewhat troubling. He'll pitch with the Korean Baseball Organization's Samsung Lions, putting his major league career on hold but keeping opportunities open down the road.
Ranaudo was released by the White Sox on Wednesday and will pursue opportunities in the Korean Baseball Organization. This move makes sense for Ranaudo, as he had essentially exhausted his opportunities to pitch in a big league rotation, compiling a 7.01 ERA over 86 innings. He could go on to pitch multiple seasons in Korea or he could remake himself and attempt to get back into the big leagues in the coming years.
Ranaudo pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two Tigers in Tuesday's no-decision. As sad as it may be, Tuesday was Ranaudo's best performance in quite some time. He was clinging to a one-run lead before giving up yet another homer -- his seventh in 24.2 innings -- in his final frame of the night. The 26-year-old has yet to show any signs that would suggest owning him could help a fantasy team under any circumstance. Ranaudo is scheduled to make his next start Sunday in Minnesota.
Ranaudo gave up six runs on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings against the Mariners on Thursday, but didn't factor into the decision. Thank the offense for bailing him out, as Ranaudo didn't deserve to avoid a loss. He gave up another homer -- his sixth in 19.2 MLB innings this year -- and his four strikeouts represent a pitiful season high. All in all, he hasn't shown that he's ready for the majors, and with his 27th birthday just two weeks away, the big right-hander certainly can't be considered a prospect anymore.
Ranaudo will take the hill for the White Sox Thursday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. It sounds like Miguel Gonzalez (groin) won't be ready to return in the Seattle series, leaving the door open for Ranaudo to get the starting nod Thursday, followed by Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Ranaudo has already made two starts for the White Sox this season: a quality start against the Cubs, and a rougher outing against the Indians in which he allowed five earned runs in four innings. Felix Hernandez is currently lined up to oppose Ranaudo in this matchup, which puts a dent in his fantasy upside.
Ranaudo is not scheduled to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday for the White Sox, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. Carlos Rodon will start Tuesday with James Shields starting Wednesday against the Phillies. Merkin speculates that Ranaudo will take the ball in the four-game series against the Mariners later that week, although that has not been confirmed by the team. If Miguel Gonzalez (groin) is able to return from the DL in the minimum number of days, he could slot into the rotation next weekend and Ranaudo would not make another start in the foreseeable future.