We’ve seen him before, but let’s refresh our memories on Garrett Richards.
The Angels nabbed Richards with the 42nd overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma. Richards advanced through the system pretty quickly, reaching Anaheim in just his second full season as a pro.
At 24 years old, Richards uses four pitches to get hitters out. His four-seam fastball sits in the mid 90s and will top out around 96 MPH. He also uses a sinker to generate ground balls, as well as a slider and a changeup.
The former Sooner has cooled off a bit since a hot start in Triple-A Salt Lake City, but still represents the Angels best option in this role.
Many project Richards as a middle-of-the-rotation arm who could be a viable option for the Angels for the next several years. Right now, he’s up to fill in for Jered Weaver, who went down with a lower back injury on May 28.
Tonight, Richards faces a lineup that has not seen very much of him. Three of the Mariners in tonight’s lineup have seen Richards in the majors. They’ve gone 1-for-3, with the lone hit being a single from Kyle Seager. Not seeing a pitcher can mean struggles, so we’ll see if Richards can capitalize on that.
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