Roniel Raudes Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher


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Age: 20
Born: January 16, 1998
Granada, Nicaragua
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (July 2014)

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Physical Description: Average size with some projection. On the skinny side, but lacks a typical pitcher’s frame. Long torso, short legs. Height and weight look accurate. Needs to add strength.

Mechanics: Throws over-the-top. Starts on the third base side with a quick arm. From the windup he starts open and crouches down and twirls his glove over his head. Stands up and ends with a wide base. Medium leg kick, brings arm high in delivery and has an arm hook behind. Noticeable head whip. Short arm action behind, does a good job getting over his front side and repeats delivery well. Delivery is unique and deceptive. Works quickly.

Fastball: 88-91 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Fastball velocity will decrease as he works deeper into games. Will come out in the low-90s, but pitches primarily in the high-80s. Four-seam fastball is on the straight side, but has advanced control of the pitch for his age. Misses bats by locating the pitch rather than blowing it by hitters. Will manipulate the pitch at lower velocities to generate more movement. Throws two-seam fastball 87-88 mph with late run and will show cutter-like pitch at 86-88 mph. Pitch plays up due to deception from delivery and ability to locate. Potential solid-average offering, with above-average command and control profile.

Curveball: 74-76 mph. Advanced feel and confidence in pitch. Really snaps it off and shows tight 12-to-6 break at its best. Will throw in any count to hitters from both sides of the plate. Can throw for strikes or bury down and out of the zone when ahead in the count. Potential solid-average offering.

Changeup: 82-84 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed, the same as his fastball. At its best will show late fade. Has improved since he joined the organization. Started as a work in progress pitch that lagged behind his curveball, but took a big step forward with the pitch during the 2016 season. Average potential offering.

Slider: 84-86 mph. Short horizontal movement. Threw sparingly in 2016, but has incorporated the pitch more in the 2017 season. Lacks depth and tilt.

Career Notes: Uncle was reportedly a star pitcher for the Nicaraguan national team. Participated in 2015 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Potential back-end starter, but presently a high-risk prospect due to distance from the big leagues. Strong pitchability and advanced feel for someone his age. Potential for three average-to-better pitches. Feel and command allow stuff to play up. Doesn’t have the type of physical projection you’d anticipate given his frame, but will add strength. Lacks a high ceiling, but arsenal and command profile give him a reasonably high floor.

   Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2015 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 4 3 .571 3.52 11 10 0 53.2 46 21 21 3 3 63 0.91 21.00 10.57
  2015 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 3 0 1.000 0.90 4 4 0 20.0 13 2 2 0 6 16 0.95 2.67 7.20
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 11 6 0.647 3.65 24 24 0 113.1 112 60 46 8 23 104 1.19 4.52 8.26
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 19 4 7 0.364 4.50 23 23 0 116.0 134 66 58 14 44 95 1.53 2.16 7.37
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: RON-yell raw-DEZZ
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2014 by Rafael Mendoza & Eddie Romero Jr.
Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut: June 1, 2015 (DSL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
Rule 5 Draft Eligible:
December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
2015 Dominican Summer League All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2016)
2016 South Atlantic League All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (Aug/Sept 2016)
2016 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year Awards
2015 All-Star
2015 DSL Player of the Year
2016 All-Star
2017 Pre-Season All-Star






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