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Clayton Richard
Birthdate: 9/12/1983 (33 y, 6 m, 15 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-5/240     Position: P
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 8, Pick: 15, Overall: 245, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $1.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Richard is in the running to make the Padres' Opening Day start, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports. (3/10/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Richard is a sneaky deep-league value play. His strikeout rate hovers just above a modest 5.0 per nine innings. His walk rate jumps around a bit but should be near 3.0 per nine. Of the 273 pitchers with a minimum of 60 innings pitched, he has the fourth-lowest K-BB% at 3.3%. Scrubs like Mike Pelfrey, Blaine Boyer, and Mat Latos put up similar numbers. The one thing Richard did that these other didn't is that he produced a ton of ground balls. Of the same 273 pitchers, his 65% ground ball rate ranked at the 4th-best behind relievers Zach Britton, Blake Treinen, and Sam Dyson. A bunch of ground balls won’t make him an ace but could make him a decent two-start pitcher in shallow leagues, especially in his home starts. In deeper leagues, I could see him being in a fantasy team’s rotation depending on the weekly matchup. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Richard's near-elite ground ball rate makes him playable in most deeper formats.

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SeasonPitchPitchesABPAH1B2B3BHRBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPAVGminVelmaxVelVel
2009FT497103123342911318090115.33078.194.687.6
2010FT1079258293735810052903821315.28385.196.191.1
2011FT75217419946321112200261047.26485.895.090.3
2012FT1910519563149105242183606433221.28787.295.190.6
2013FT4461071233121415110120054.29086.693.890.2
2015FT408115120312242350120004.27087.094.090.8
2016FT65417219450444112102110011.29187.294.990.6
TotalFT574614481615414311588371400182751567.28678.196.190.4

SeasonPitchPitchesBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2009FT49714.6 %7.3 %2.00.330.426.447.873.117.33721.06.2.390150
2010FT10799.9 %13.0 %0.76.283.359.380.738.097.31536.63.0.334116
2011FT75210.1 %13.1 %0.77.264.344.374.717.109.30123.31.0.322112
2012FT19106.4 %11.4 %0.56.287.335.445.780.158.29875.110.9.339125
2013FT4468.9 %9.8 %0.92.290.356.486.842.196.28918.75.2.368140
2015FT4084.2 %10.0 %0.42.270.300.417.717.148.28013.2-0.3.310107
2016FT65410.8 %10.8 %1.00.291.371.343.714.052.32723.40.6.322110
TotalFT57468.7 %11.3 %0.77.286.351.414.764.128.306211.326.5.338122

SeasonPitchPitchesLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBStrikesBallsPitchesxMovzMovMov
2009FT49722.6 %49.5 %28.0 %7.7 %11.5 %3031944978.95.810.9
2010FT107921.4 %50.2 %28.4 %16.4 %8.2 %72435510799.27.311.9
2011FT75220.0 %52.4 %27.6 %17.5 %5.0 %5142387529.15.711.0
2012FT191016.2 %52.4 %31.5 %15.0 %12.9 %1314596191011.45.612.9
2013FT44625.0 %59.8 %15.2 %21.4 %35.7 %28116544611.05.612.7
2015FT40826.7 %66.3 %6.9 %0.0 %42.9 %29611240810.62.110.9
2016FT65419.6 %70.6 %9.8 %7.1 %7.1 %42922565412.22.512.6
TotalFT574619.9 %55.6 %24.5 %14.6 %12.3 %38611885574610.55.412.1

SeasonPitchPitchesO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%SwStr%pVALpVAL/C
2009FT49724.5 %55.3 %40.9 %68.4 %91.1 %84.7 %53.1 %6.2 %-1.3-0.3
2010FT107925.6 %57.9 %44.2 %74.4 %90.3 %86.4 %57.7 %6.0 %9.20.9
2011FT75229.9 %59.9 %47.2 %82.1 %90.8 %88.5 %57.7 %5.5 %4.80.6
2012FT191024.7 %59.0 %45.3 %77.8 %92.2 %89.0 %60.0 %5.0 %-0.20.0
2013FT44624.2 %58.6 %42.6 %82.0 %97.1 %93.2 %53.6 %2.9 %-3.3-0.7
2015FT40832.1 %67.0 %51.2 %78.0 %94.0 %89.5 %54.9 %5.4 %3.10.8
2016FT65431.7 %59.8 %45.3 %74.8 %93.7 %86.8 %48.3 %6.0 %2.90.4
TotalFT574626.9 %59.2 %45.2 %76.9 %92.2 %88.2 %56.5 %5.3 %15.10.3