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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 allowed six earned runs, eight hits and three walks while recording just two punchouts over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday in Arizona.
Richard turned in a quality start last time out against the Diamondbacks, but they obviously made the right adjustments at home in the second meeting. He'll look to bounce back in San Francisco on Sunday opposite Ty Blach. He took his first loss of the season against the Giants at Petco Park, allowing five runs - four earned - over six innings on April 9. Apr 26 - 1:22 AM

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Clayton Richard tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Richard danced through fire in this one, allowing nine hits yet just the one run while pitching into the seventh inning. He fanned eight without walking a batter. The lone run to score on his watch came when Nick Ahmed struck for an RBI single in the second inning. Otherwise, goose eggs for Richard, who will carry a 3.04 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a road rematch with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound.
Apr 20 - 11:37 PM

Clayton Richard allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

Richard gave up a pair of homers for his second straight start, and the nine hits almost matched his total from his first two starts. After firing eight shutout innings in his debut, Richard is now 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.30 WHIP overall. In case it needs to be said, Richard is not a fantasy asset. A matchup with the Diamondbacks looms on Thursday.
Apr 16 - 12:23 AM

Clayton Richard had little in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits over six innings.

Richard tossed a shutout against the Dodgers in his first start of the season. His second start? Not so much. Three of the five runs on his line scored on home runs, with Hunter Pence (two-run shot) and Buster Posey (solo shot) going yard back-to-back off the veteran southpaw in the third inning. He will try to bounce back from Sunday's iffy outing when he takes on the Braves next weekend.
Apr 9 - 8:26 PM

Clayton Richard shut out the Dodgers for eight innings to win Tuesday.

Richard allowed five hits, all of them singles. He struck out five and got 12 outs on the ground. Richard had a horrible spring, giving up 21 runs -- 18 earned -- in 20 innings. That was in Arizona, though, and his pitch-to-contact tendencies will work out better closer to sea level. He's still not one we'd recommend in NL-only leagues, much less mixed leagues.
Apr 5 - 1:10 AM

Clayton Richard surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Thursday.

Richard entered the game with a woeful 7.36 ERA and managed to make it even worse. He finishes Cactus League play with an 8.10 ERA in six spring starts. His lack of strikeouts -- just nine in 20 innings -- is another reason for concern. Richard is expected to be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season. He registered a nice 3.33 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year with the Cubs and Padres.
Mar 30 - 7:02 PM

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

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

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1B1Wil Myers
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
SS1Erick Aybar
2Luis Sardinas
3Allen Cordoba
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Travis Jankowski
2Alex Dickerson
3Jabari Blash
CF1Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jered Weaver
3Trevor Cahill
4Clayton Richard
5Luis Perdomo
6Christian Friedrich
7Robbie Erlin
8Colin Rea
9Jarred Cosart
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Miguel Diaz
6Craig Stammen
7Buddy Baumann
8Kevin Quackenbush
9Jose Torres