Frankie Piliere, National MLB Anaylst for Fanhouse.com recently had the chance to attend the pitching showdown on Saturday night between LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo and UConn’s Matt Barnes. Frankie thought that Anthony Ranaudo would be the story as he was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 39th overall selection. He ended up going 6.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters. He is down the cape to raise his signing bonus with the Red Sox as he is looking for Top 10 money as he entered the 2010 College Baseball season as our top ranked player in the country before coming down with some injuries. (FULL ARTICLE)
Ranaudo was not the story of the night as Matt Barnes was even better but ended up getting the loss. Barnes went seven inning allowing four hits, one run, one walk, and striking out 14 batters.
According to the Frankie’s article on Fanhouse, Barnes was 93-96 mph with his fastball, reaching 97 twice on his gun. His fastball showed big, late life and bored up and in on right-handed hitters all night long.
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