"I thought it was an up and down year for me," Anthony Ranaudo
said flatly. "I had some goals going into the season and one of the biggest ones was to stay healthy obviously after I had an injury plagued college career I guess you could say. My biggest goal was to stay healthy and I maintained that.
"I made every start that I was asked to make. I only skipped one start for a rest period towards the end of the year when the Red Sox thought I needed a little rest. I thought it was a successful year.
"I learned a lot, I met a lot of good people, I worked with a lot of good coaches, and now I know what it takes going into next year. I have a lot to look forward to and work into this offseason to be stronger next season."
The former LSU
star slid all the way down in the 2011 MLB Draft to the Red Sox with the 39th overall pick mainly due to perceived injury concerns. While he did miss some time in college, the fact is his health concerns never reached a boiling point.
"I never had surgery," he reiterated. "In my freshman year I had a little bit of tendonitis in my elbow. I came from New Jersey and coming down [to LSU] and throwing everyday I think it was shellshock on my arm a little bit.
"Then in my junior year I had some inflammation in my bones and it was called a stress reaction to the outside of my elbow which caused tightness in my forearm. I had a little discomfort there.
"We took some precautionary measures and shut me down a little more than I probably needed and then I didn't come back the way I was hoping to come back.
"I was a little rusty and not really in mid-season form. I was thrown right into the middle of the SEC and didn't really perform the way I should have and could have."
While he readily admits that he didn't perform to his abilities in his final year of school or even during his professional debut season last year, he does take solace in the fact that he didn't miss any time due to injury in 2011 and that there was some real developmental progress behind the numbers that could be a springboard into 2012 and beyond.
"I would say I was majority-happy with the season," he said. "That's because I was 21 [years old] for the whole season and I stayed healthy, that was the biggest thing.
"I adjusted to the five-man routine and stayed healthy, and didn't miss one start. I think that's very encouraging for me coming off of an injury-plagued year. It gives me a lot of confidence going into next year.
"I wasn't necessarily happy with the results and the way my results fluctuated throughout the year. I'd obviously like to be a lot more consistent next year.
"I have been in the past and now that I'm healthy it gives me a lot of confidence going into next year that my arm felt good all year, my velocity was pretty much back to where I know I can pitch at and be successful, and hopefully this next year I can build off of that," he concluded.
Whether it was too many high expectations or whatever, some critics walked away less than fully impressed by Anthony Ranaudo's debut season in 2011. While the stats were not overwhelming, he says there are a lot of positives to take out of his debut season last year.
Some critics are down on Anthony Ranaudo's debut season last year but there were some real positives