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Clayton Richard | Starting Pitcher | #3

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Clayton Richard yielded eight hits and five runs (three earned) over six innings Saturday in the Padres’ Cactus League loss to the Giants.
He fanned two and walked one. Richard had things mostly under control in the early going before letting up four runs over his last two frames. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford combined for three hits off the left-hander including a pair of home runs. Richard hasn’t done much to instill confidence this spring, contributing a sluggish 7.36 ERA over five starts. Mar 25 - 9:59 PM

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Clayton Richard was torn apart for five hits, three runs and two walks over 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Padres' Cactus League loss to the Reds.

We’ll cut Richard some slack for the run he allowed in the first inning, which Billy Hamilton basically manufactured himself by singling, stealing second and motoring home on a single by Joey Votto. Richard put up zeros in the next two frames before the dam finally broke in the fourth inning. Scott Schebler singled to lead off the frame and came around to score on a two-run jack by Zack Cozart. The Reds scored again later in the inning but that run was charged to Carlos Fisher. As poorly as this stat line looks, Richard’s spring ERA actually went down from 15.75 to 12.27 on Wednesday. It’s going to be a long year in San Diego.
Mar 15 - 8:23 PM

Clayton Richard was lit up for six earned runs in one-plus inning Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Indians.

Francisco Lindor had an RBI double in the both the first and second as the Tribe feasted on Richard from the jump. Maybe the southpaw is dealing with some lingering discomfort after taking a ball off the top of his left hand two weeks ago in Padres camp. No matter the case, he is locked into a rotation spot in San Diego and one bad showing in the Cactus League is not going to change that.
Mar 5 - 4:51 PM

Clayton Richard took a ball off the top of his left finger Wednesday while doing bunting drills.

X-rays were negative, but the Padres figure to hold Richard back from throwing for a couple of days as a precautionary measure. It's no big deal here in late February.
Feb 23 - 11:13 AM

Padres re-signed LHP Clayton Richard to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The deal includes $1 million in performance-based incentives. Richard found some success after returning to San Diego (from the north side of Chicago) in 2016, and he'll try to keep that going in 2017. The 33-year-old left-hander is one of a variety of options for the Padres' Opening Day rotation.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have re-signed left-hander Clayton Richard to a one-year contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $1.75 million. Richard was brutal during his stint with the Cubs this past season, but he latched on with the Padres in August before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings across nine starts and two relief appearances. It's a good spot for Richards, especially given the lack of quality options in San Diego's rotation. The Padres have also signed Jhoulys Chacin to a one-year deal, but it's a rough-looking group on the whole.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 01:35:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:42:00 AM

Clayton Richard was slammed for seven runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He struggled to find the strike zone, walking four batters and striking out only one. He gave up six hits, including a Yasmany Tomas three-run bomb that capped off a gruesome five run first inning. It was a nasty end to what has been a good season for the veteran left-hander. He has a 3.33 ERA in 67 2/3 innings spread over nine starts and 27 relief appearances.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:44:00 PM

Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six frames.

Richard also issued three walks and struck out only one on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came during a three-run rally in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Buster Posey. Inexplicably, Richard has pitched very well since rejoining the Padres, posting a 2.01 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona on the final day of the regular season.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Clayton Richard yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a win over the Diamondbacks.

Richard has been a really nice stopgap for the Padres, who signed him because they didn't want to rush unready pitching prospects into their rotation this summer. He's 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances for the team.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:26:00 AM

Clayton Richard dodged damage throughout Tuesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering three runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The Giants peppered Richard with hits, but he mostly managed to pitch through that hail storm. Hunter Pence burned him for an RBI double in the third inning, while Angel Pagan (solo homer) and Brandon Crawford (RBI single) came through with ribbies in the fifth. For the season, Richard holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 37/22 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings. He will carry those numbers into a home date with the Diamondbacks next time out.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 01:46:00 AM

Clayton Richard painted a masterpiece in Thursday's 14-1 win over the Rockies, firing seven shutout innings.

Richard struck out eight and walked two on the evening, scattering six hits along the way. He threw 114 pitches (72 strikes) over his seven marvelous frames. The 32-year-old southpaw has been in the zone of late, having allowed just three runs over his last 25 innings. Richard will bring a 2.78 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 33/19 K/BB ratio (45 1/3 innings) into a road start against the Giants next time he takes to the mound.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 01:46:00 AM

Clayton Richard was outstanding in Saturday's victory over the Marlins, allowing eight hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings.

Richard struck out three on the night. He wasn't completely dominant and allowed plenty of baserunners, but was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to and didn't allow the Marlins to mount any serious threats. The veteran southpaw will bring a 3.51 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He could be worth a look as a spot starter in deeper mixed leagues.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Clayton Richard held the Diamondbacks to two hits and two unearned runs but still got hit with a loss on Saturday.

Maybe he deserved a better fate, but both unearned runs scored due to his own throwing errors. He issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. His record falls to 0-3 with a 4.44 ERA. This was his second start after pitching 27 games in relief this year. He has a scary 18/15 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Clayton Richard turned in a serviceable effort in Sunday's loss to the Mets, yielding two solo home runs over five innings.

Richard -- whom the Padres signed to a major league contract earlier in August after the Cubs designated him for assignment -- was making his first MLB start since August of 2015 (he has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this season). Against the Mets, he struck out two and walked three, surrendering three hits along the way. Two of those left the yard, courtesy of solo home runs by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Richard holds a 5.75 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings and is not worth true fantasy attention. Up next on the docket, a home date with the Diamondbacks.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 04:05:00 PM

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