31-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Clayton Richard in 2015. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Clayton Richard Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Pirates in December of 2014 that includes an invite to spring training.
Richard believes he's close to resurfacing in the majors with Pittsburgh. “I'm real happy with where I'm at,” Richard told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I don't think I'm that far away from being a big league option, and that excites me.”
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsAlvarez, Pedro (3B)
AAAAllie, Stetson (1B)
AABaker, Nathan (P)
A+Castro, Orlando (P)
ABarnes, Barrett (OF)
RookieBrewer, Colten (P)
Clayton Richard: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Clayton Richard.
Slated to head the Padres' rotation last year, Richard suffered through incompetence and an intestinal virus, before undergoing season-ending surgery in July to relieve discomfort in the acromiovacular joint in his left shoulder. Once the campaign concluded, the Padres outrighted the southpaw, who eventually elected to explore free agency. Organizations may be dubious of Richard, who recorded a 7.01 ERA, 1.633 WHIP, and 24:21 K:BB ratio in 52.2 innings, despite the built in advantage of taking the mound half of the time in the friendly confines of Petco Park. However, he's entering his age-31 season and is one year removed from posting a 54 percent groundball rate, which could translate in another pitcher's park.
Coming off of a 2011 season that was ended prematurely by shoulder surgery, Richard's 2012 season was by most accounts a fine bounceback effort. While he was unable to regain the strikeout rate he had prior to the surgery, he was able to improve his command greatly as he walked fewer than five percent of the batters he faced and improve upon his groundball rate, which was up to almost 54 percent when the 2012 season ended. If those two characteristics of his game carry over to 2013, there is little reason to think that he can't post a sub-4.00 ERA for the fourth consecutive season. Owners who are able to pick and choose his starts would be wise to start him only at home (Petco Park), where he has a career 2.82 ERA over 284 innings pitched.
It's hard to put much stock into Richard's 2011 numbers as he suffered from shoulder issues all season and underwent season-ending surgery in July. His overall numbers weren't exactly terrible, but the significant drops in his K/9IP and K/BB were strong indicators that something was wrong. He is expected to be at 100 percent come the start of spring training and if all goes well, should end up in the Padres' starting rotation next year. Given the rehab and the fact that he wasn't a dominant pitcher to begin with, you should keep your expectations low.
In his first full season as a member of the Padres' rotation, Richard was a useful starter for fantasy owners. He posted a 3.75 ERA, 1.408 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB ratio and 14 wins in more than 200 innings. He improved his strikeout rate to 6.8 K/9IP, but has yet to show the kind of control he had in the minors. Owners capable of streaming him only at home would be wise to do so as he posted much better numbers at Petco Park (3.15 ERA, .227 BAA) than on the road (4.41 ERA, .308 BAA) last season.
Richard's prospect status is based on him walking 2.5 guys per nine innings in the minors, something he hasn't come close to doing in the majors. With a big body and a less-than-impressive fastball, Richard is vaguely reminiscent of Mark Hendrickson, and could well have Hendrickson's career.
The big guy looks like he should throw harder and be more dominant than he is. As it stands, Richard was way too hittable in the majors, and like a bunch of Sox pitching prospects, will have to learn how to get outs with subpar stuff in the majors. One of Richard, Lance Broadway and Jack Egbert will probably have a career, but it's hard to say which.