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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Anthony Ranaudo is 6 feet 7 inches and 245 pounds. Yet Red Sox pitching coaches wanted him to be more of a physical presence on the mound last season.
That wouldn’t seem to make much sense given his imposing size. But because Ranaudo is so big, his delivery to the plate was slow and easier for hitters to time.
“Body language goes a long way in this game. Sometimes there are those [pitchers] who give a comfortable at-bat versus others who don’t give a comfortable at-bat,” Sox manager John Farrell said.
To make it tougher on the hitters, Ranaudo picked up the pace. A style he described as “kind of robotic” gained better pace.