Richards
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
5-4
ERA
3.66
WHIP
1.284
K
87
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It's been a long two years, but the signs are there for Richards to get his career back on track, provided he escapes injury for the first time since 2015. In 2016, Richards was diagnosed with a torn UCL, which he rehabbed with plasma and stem-cell injections in lieu of Tom... read more
It's been a long two years, but the signs are there for Richards to get his career back on track, provided he escapes injury for the first time since 2015. In 2016, Richards was diagnosed with a torn UCL, which he rehabbed with plasma and stem-cell injections in lieu of Tommy John surgery. Last season, Richards had to leave his initial start due to nerve irritation in his biceps and remained sidelined until early September. After he returned, Richards impressed, finishing his abbreviated campaign with a 2.28 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 27.2 innings, fanning 27. More encouraging than the small-sample success was Richards was sitting at 96 mph, where he was a couple years ago when he was tabbed as an emerging ace. With just 62.1 frames under his belt since 2015, Richards will have his innings monitored, which is one reason the Halos are considering using a six-man rotation. Where to draft Richards is up to your own weighing of risk versus reward. His upside is an SP3 in mixed formats.
STATUS: 60-Day DL    INJURY: Elbow    RETURN DATE: Feb 1,2020   
LEAGUE: Majors    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'3"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 5/27/1988    College: Oklahoma    Drafted By: LAA In 2009Show Contract
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Garrett Richards Contract Info:
Agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million deal with the Angels in January of 2018 to avoid arbitration.
Shifted to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 31, 2018
Richards (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
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2018 Stat Review for Garrett Richards
2.56 K/BB
WEAK
10.26 K/9
ELITE
4.01 BB/9
POOR
95.9 MPH Fastball
ELITE
1.3 HR/9
WEAK
2.04 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
3.66 ERA
GOOD
1.28 WHIP
AVERAGE
4.17 FIP
WEAK
0.292 BABIP
AVERAGE
77.0 % Strand Rate
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Second Baseman
  1. 1. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
  2. 2. KalebK. Cowart (S)
  3. X. ZackZ. Cozart (R) 60-Day DL
Third Baseman
  1. 1. TaylorT. Ward (R)
  2. 2. KalebK. Cowart (S)
  3. 3. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
  4. 4. JefryJ. Marte (R)
  5. X. ZackZ. Cozart (R) 60-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. AndreltonA. Simmons (R)
  2. 2. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
  3. X. ZackZ. Cozart (R) 60-Day DL
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  1. Garrett Richards 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Garrett Richards 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Following an off year, Richards returned to his ace-caliber form in 2016. He came out of the gate hot, posting an excellent 2.34 ERA and a 0.5 HR/9 while averaging nearly a strikeout per inning over his first six starts. Things went south as he left his first May start due to what ultimately was diagnosed as a torn UCL. Richards opted to avoid Tommy John surgery through the use of plasma and stem-cell injections. The 28-year-old even got back to throwing against live hitters in late September and was clocked at 95 mph during his final instructional league outing, which seems to show that he's back at full strength. His control still wasn't outstanding by any stroke of the imagination (3.89 BB/9), but if he can stay healthy while fanning batters at a high clip and keeping the ball in the park, Richards could climb into the league's elite starting pitching echelon. Understandably, the Angels plan to closely monitor his workload in 2017.
  3. Garrett Richards 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Richards was in the mix for the AL Cy Young in 2014 before a season-ending knee injury, but he posted a pedestrian 7.6 K/9 rate in 2015 along with a 3.3 BB/9 rate, leading to a 3.65 ERA in 207.1 innings following his return in late April. In attempting to discover what led to the decline in effectiveness, we can see that Richards' HR/FB rate tripled (4.0 percent to 12.0 percent), while his fastball and slider weren't nearly as effective according to runs above average. Despite this, his swinging strike percentage and first strike percentage both showed a slight increase, which could mean the strikeouts will head back up in 2016. Richards was unquestionably a disappointment for those who paid the price following the breakout, but could return to a value pickup in the middle rounds, as he will head into 2016 completely healthy.
  4. Garrett Richards 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Richards was well on his way to completing the breakout campaign owners were hoping for before a rather innocuous looking cover play at first base in a game against the Red Sox in August led to a torn patellar tendon for the 26-year-old, sidelining him for the rest of the season. Prior to the injury, Richards had tallied a 2.61 ERA with 164 strikeouts in 168.2 innings. There was no dramatic change in Richards' pitch profile last season, but the hard-throwing righty managed to gain velocity on his fastball, which was clocked at an average of 96.3 mph. He also was stingy with the home run ball, allowing just five homers all of last season. The Angels are hopeful that Richards will be ready for spring training after initially giving him a six-to-nine month timetable for his return, but there may be a question of whether he can repeat his 2014 performance after the injury.
  5. Garrett Richards 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Richards had something of an eventful 2013, as he began the year as a long reliever, was moved to the starting rotation twice, and even picked up a save on the season. Though he was initially replaced by Jerome Williams in the rotation after he struggled in late April and early May, Richards received his second chance after Joe Blanton was removed from the rotation. Richards flourished the second time around, pitching to an ERA of 3.59 after the All-Star break, with a 2.8 BB/9 during that time. Though his composite numbers are not very impressive, Richards' performance down the stretch compelled general manager Jerry Dipoto to bestow upon him a rotation spot in 2014 before the end of last season, but in order to be more than a true fourth or fifth starter, the hard-throwing 25-year-old will have to get back to the strikeout numbers he posted in the lower levels of the Angels' minor league system.
  6. Garrett Richards 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Richards started nine games for the Angels last season and made 21 appearances out of the bullpen, compiling a 4.69 ERA and 47:34 K:BB over 71 innings. He was considered to be the best pitching prospect in the organization at one point, but it may be time to re-evaluate that given his low strikeout rates in the major leagues and upper levels of the minors. Despite the worrisome numbers, one also has to consider how quickly Richards has been rushed through the Angels' system, tossing just 143 innings at Double-A and 77 innings at Triple-A. Richards is likely to begin the season at Triple-A after the Angels acquired several veteran starters, but he should be the first pitcher called up if there's an opening.
  7. Garrett Richards 2012 Preseason Outlook
    A big 2011 season established Richards as the Angels' top pitching prospect. Richards went 12-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 103:40 K:BB ratio in 22 games, including 21 starts, with Double-A Arkansas. Richards will likely open 2012 with Triple-A Salt Lake. He will be challenged in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but with four pitches in his arsenal, expect him to be up to the task.
  8. Garrett Richards 2011 Preseason Outlook
    Richards followed up a strong rookie season by striking out 149 batters and walking just 43 in 143 minor league innings last season. Richards is still a few years away from the big leagues, but he has top-of-the-rotation stuff with a four-pitch repertoire that includes a mid-90s fastball, two breaking pitches and a developing changeup. He may be the Angels' top pitching prospect heading into the 2011 season.
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Shifted to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 31, 2018
Richards (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
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Targeting 2020 return
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 12, 2018
Richards (Tommy John surgery) is aiming to return for the 2020 season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
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To undergo Tommy John surgery
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 12, 2018
Richards (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Shifts to DL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 12, 2018
Richards (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
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MRI reveals damaged UCL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 11, 2018
Richards has a damaged UCL, an MRI revealed Wednesday.
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