Trevor Richards

Age 27
  • Born 05/14/1993
  • Bats R
  • Team: Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Statistics
W-L
6-12
IP
135.1
ERA
4.06
WHIP
1.35
K
127
K%
22.1
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Changeup
38.2% Thrown 83.4 MPH 26.5 CSW%
Curveball
7.2% Thrown 78.9 MPH 19.8 CSW%
Four-Seamer
44.1% Thrown 90.8 MPH 31.8 CSW%
Slider
10.5% Thrown 85.1 MPH 22.3 CSW%

Richards’ changeup has been borderline elite since his promotion to the big leagues in 2018. He’s averaged an O-Swing of 51% and has held batters to just a .189 BAA and a .270 wOBA. Pitch is downright nasty.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Much like his slider, Richards struggled mightily with his other breaker, the curve. A .428 wOBA paired with an O-Swing below 20% and a SwStr% below 6% suggest disaster.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

After it was battered in 2018, Richards flashed a respectable heater in 2019, holding hitters to a pedestrian .338 wOBA while maintaining a 25% K rate. Bringing down his 12% BB rate would do wonders for an already-decent pitch.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Richards incorporated a slider into his arsenal in 2019, and the results were disastrous. A .401 wOBA and a walk rate almost double its K rate caused a ballooning of Richards’ ERA, despite above-average fastball/changeup offerings.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
54.8% Thrown 90.9 MPH
Changeup
32.3% Thrown 82.9 MPH
Slider
13.0% Thrown 80.6 MPH

Richards’ bread and butter is his fastball. Unfortunately for him, that means hitters get to see his fastball a lot. Batters liked what they saw last year, crushing this pitch to the tune of a .397 wOBA. Richards’ desperately needs to improve his slider so he doesn’t have to rely on his fastball-change combo 87% of the time.

Richards’ change is his main offspeed offering, and boy, is it a beauty. This is by far his best pitch, thanks to a 24.2% SwStr rate and a .512 OPS. Although this is an outstanding base for a secondary, he needs to generate more ground balls (41.9%) to help this pitch reach its full potential.

Richards’ slider was not a very good pitch for him. It’s lack of outstanding movement allowed batters to be selective in when they offered at the pitch (40.5% swing rate), and hammer it when they did (82.9% contact rate). The -3.4 pVal pitch will need improvement in velocity or depth to become an impact offering for Richards.

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