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Garrett Richards
Birthdate: 5/27/1988 (28 y, 10 m, 3 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/210     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 10, Overall: 42, Team: Los Angeles Angels
Contract: $6.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Richards made his second start of the spring, tossing 2.1 shutout innings while walking two and striking out four in a loss to the Dodgers. (3/12/2017)
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Profile: Richards is going to be a pretty divisive player come draft day, as he is coming back after deciding to not have Tommy John surgery last year. In late-season bullpen sessions, he got his velocity up and stated he is ready to go in 2017. Everything may not be ready, however. No one knows for sure how he will perform until he starts throwing. He could pull a Masahiro Tanaka and pitch fine, or he could blow out his elbow before the season even starts. When healthy, Richards has shown potential with his 95-mph fastball and 53% career ground ball rate. An 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings rate and a 3.0 walks per nine rate should be expected from him. Those numbers aren’t great, but they put him among the top 40 starters. The problem is that he has had problems staying healthy with DL trips each of the past three seasons. Determining a value for him will depend on league depth and the draft’s date. In a 12-team league, the replacement level is so much higher that he'll be worth more. In deeper leagues, his playing time will be limited, and no decent replacements will be available once he goes on the DL. Additionally, owners will have a better idea of his health as he throws, or doesn’t throw, during spring training. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Richards has been an effective pitcher when healthy. However, he begins the 2017 season with questions surrounding his health after electing to not have Tommy John surgery.

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