Garrett Richards
Garrett Richards
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Richards' situation makes for a strong case against going the rest-and-rehab route in lieu of surgery. He was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow in 2016, and rather than have him go under the knife, the Angels made the decision to try an alternative treatment plan of plasma and stem-cell injections. Nerve irritation in his biceps cost Richards most of 2017, and after more elbow trouble last season, the team finally caved and sent Richards for Tommy John surgery in late July. Given the timing of the procedure, Richards is not expected to make it back until 2020. In his 76.1 innings with the Angels in 2018, he continued to show good fastball velocity, but the pitch was straight most of the time -- FanGraphs attributed a negative value to the offering. There is still a shred of dynasty-league appeal here, but Richards will be close to 32 years old by the time he's healthy for the Padres, and it's no lock that his stuff will be the same post-surgery. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Padres in November of 2018.
Wild in short outing
PSan Diego Padres
September 28, 2019
Richards allowed a run on one hit and four walks over 3.1 innings in a no-decision Saturday versus the Diamondbacks. He struck out four.
ANALYSIS
Richards, who missed most of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, only threw 58 pitches (29 strikes) in the abbreviated outing. It was the cleanest of his three outings this year. The 31-year-old will likely return to a full starter's workload next year.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
52
Last 10 Games
52
Last 5 Games
52
How many pitches does Garrett Richards generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Garrett Richards generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .201 244 68 23 44 6 3 7
Since 2017vs Right .236 229 57 24 48 11 1 7
2019vs Left .190 26 8 4 4 2 1 0
2019vs Right .462 15 3 2 6 1 1 2
2018vs Left .207 169 47 18 31 1 2 6
2018vs Right .239 155 40 16 33 8 0 5
2017vs Left .188 49 13 1 9 3 0 1
2017vs Right .173 59 14 6 9 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-76%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.21 1.04 47.0 2 4 0 10.1 2.7 1.3
Since 2017Away 3.29 1.37 65.2 3 3 0 9.9 4.5 1.0
2019Home 21.60 3.60 1.2 0 0 0 10.8 10.8 5.4
2019Away 5.14 1.43 7.0 0 1 0 11.6 5.1 1.3
2018Home 3.82 1.02 35.1 2 2 0 10.2 2.8 1.3
2018Away 3.51 1.51 41.0 3 2 0 10.3 5.0 1.3
2017Home 2.70 0.70 10.0 0 2 0 9.9 0.9 0.9
2017Away 2.04 1.02 17.2 0 0 0 8.2 3.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Garrett Richards compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.83
 
K/9
11.4
 
BB/9
6.2
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
95.1 mph
 
ERA
8.31
 
WHIP
1.85
 
BABIP
.373
 
GB/FB
1.29
 
Left On Base
60.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
13.0%
 
Spin Rate
2795 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
43.5%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Yanked in second inning
PSan Diego Padres
September 22, 2019
Richards allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over 1.2 innings Sunday, striking out two batters in the extra-inning win over Arizona.
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Lasts 3.2 innings in first start
PSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2019
Richards (0-1) gave up three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five through 3.2 innings to take the loss against the Brewers on Monday.
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Activated for season debut
PSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2019
Richards (elbow) was activated as expected ahead of his season debut start Monday against Milwaukee.
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Set to return Monday
PSan Diego Padres
Elbow
September 14, 2019
Richards (elbow) will start Monday in Milwaukee.
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Set for bullpen session
PSan Diego Padres
Elbow
September 11, 2019
Richards (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, and if all goes well, could make a start during next week's four-game series in Milwaukee, which begins Monday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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