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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Scouting Report, LHP Clayton Richard

The 26 year old lefty was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 8th round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he was the back-up QB to Chad Henne, and was 8-15 in pass attempts in 2004. He looks like a football player (6'5" 240 pounds) and made his major league debut in July 2008. He's made 44 career starts (61 appearances), and has 4.37 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He was one of the four ptichers traded to the Padres for Jake Peavy last year, and he has really benefitted from the transition to the better pitcher's park and the weaker league. His ERA since joining the Padres staff is 3.54 in 127 innings. He faced the Mets last year (August 6th) and got the win, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine base runners and three runs, while striking out five.

Although he looks like a power pitcher, he is more of a control pitcher. Richard has a clean delievery and throws from a 3/4 arm slot. He works very quickly (similar to former teammate M Buerhle) and throws a tailing fastball between 89-94 mph (averages 91 this year), a slurve (20% of the time, 81-82 mph) and a change-up (80 mph). His two-seam fastball is by far his most effective pitch, and he uses that to induce ground balls. He has shown a pronounced platoon split in the past, but that has reversed this year (small sample size, but lefties are hitting better than righties against him this year). He relies on very good command/control (< 2.5 W/9 in 2008) which abandoned him last year after the trade, but has improved this year (< 3.5 W/9).

This year he is 4-3 in 10 starts and has a 3.00 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He's gone seven innings in his last four starts, and has allowed three runs or less in all but his last start (four runs and two home runs). Prior to that game, he had only allowed one home run. His ceiling is a #4 starter.


  1. Hi Anthony, it's Bill. Thanks again for having us over on Saturday, we had a lot of fun. The pizza was great!

    The Mets really need to get after this guy and give Santana some run support. They can't lose another rubber game with their 'Ace' on the mound. I remember thinking back in the Phillies series at Citizen's Bank...Santana vs. Moyer = Mets have to win. By the way, you've inspired me to start my own Mets blog.


  2. Mets will win tonight. Santana will be lights out against what I perceive to be a light SD lineup. Other than their stud first baseman, who really worries you?

    Mets win tonight, rid themselves of the 18 run disaster, and Santana/Pelfrey continues as a reliable and dominant 1-2 punch.

    Great job as always by the kid chicken...getting linked on other blogs...when you make it big time, I hope you remember us little people...


  3. No one other than Gonzalez. I worry about the Mets not being able to score for Johan. They seem to shut down the offense whenever he's on the mound.

  4. Pagan batting two...tomorrow he will be batting clean-up or 8th.?!?!