According to Baseball America, Garrett Richards entered 2012 as the Angels number three prospect with the ceiling of a number two starter but, more likely, profiling as a three. The 6’3, 215 pound righty sits 93-95 mph with his fastball and has shown signs of a plus slider. He was in the mix for the fifth spot of the Angels rotation but won the consolation prize, Salt Lake City!
Richards has been hemorrhaging hits at Triple-A (61 in 56.1 innings) but the PCL is a rather hitter friendly environment. The Halo prospect has been trading good outings with poor ones on a pretty regular basis this season so I hope he isn’t hoping to unwrap a major league promotion today. Richards turns 24-years-old on 5/27/12 and should have some pretty productive seasons in the majors.
Luckily for Richards, the front of the Angels rotation is loaded with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Dan Haren. There won’t be pressure for Richards to be anything more than what he is, a back of the rotation starter.
Richards will have some big moments for the Halos and we’re all rooting for him. So happy birthday, Garrett. I mailed you a Fudgie the Whale which is surely a box of wet goo by the time it gets to you.
Other birthdays of note on Richards’ magic day include a couple of not-yet Hall of Famers. Perhaps you’ve heard of Jeff Bagwell or Frank Thomas. They hit baseballs really hard. I’m a scientist.