It's something of a surprising result given how voting went for spot #4, but Anthony Ranaudo has managed to hold on to his spot in the top five.
Coming into the organization after an injury-riddled year with LSU that saw his ERA spike to 7.32, Anthony Ranaudo's $2.55 million signing bonus may have led to a bit too much hype for the first round pick. What Ranaudo didn't do was set the world on fire, putting up solid numbers with Greenville before tapering off after a promotion to Salem. It was not world-beating stuff from a player whose signing came with so much fanfare.
What he did do, however, was to prove that he was healthy, which was the biggest concern for the man who was once projected to go in the first few picks. If he wasn't perfect in his first full season of professional baseball after throwing just 51 innings in 2010, it should come as no great surprise. With a full professional year behind him, we can expect bigger and better things from the farm system's top arm.
1. Ryan Lavarnway, C/DH
2. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
4. Ryan Kalish, OF
5. Anthony Ranaudo, SP
There's your top five, folks. Time to move on to #6, where the prestige drops off so very considerably! I mean, look at that guy who had the spot last year! Ryan La-who?
Your rec is your vote, so make it count. Or, I suppose, you could disenfranchise yourself by voting for everyone. It's up to you.