Antoan Richardson

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Antoan Edward Richardson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Antoan Richardson was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Lee Elder and made his pro debut that summer. In four-plus seasons in the Giants chain, Richardson could not get past Class AA. He played in the independent Northern League for part of 2009 and at the beginning of 2010. The Atlanta Braves then signed him to a Double-A contract.

When the speedy outfielder made his big-league debut in 2011, he became the first man from the Bahamas to reach the majors since Wil Culmer. Richardson's mother was expecting her baby when Culmer's brief stay with the Cleveland Indians ended.

Richardson spent the 2012 season in the Baltimore Orioles organization, mostly at Class AA. Richardson was 1 for 10 with a walk and a run as the center fielder for Britain in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers played in September of 2012; despite being their lone position player with major league experience, he was one of their weakest hitters. He then moved to the Minnesota Twins chain for 2013, making it back to Triple-A once again. He made it back to the major leagues with the New York Yankees at the end of the 2014 season after hitting .271 in 93 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. On September 25th, he was on second base as a pinch-runner when Derek Jeter ended his final game in his home ballpark of New Yankee Stadium with an opposite-field single off Evan Meek of the Orioles; Antoan ran home with the winning run in a 6-5 win, sending the huge crowd into a frenzy.

Back with Britain for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers (and again their only position player who had been in the majors to that point), he again struggled, going 0 for 7 with two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a run, outperformed by his backup LF, Reshard Munroe, a 20-year-old who had not played above rookie level.

He has very little power: he has hit just 16 home runs in more than 4,500 plate appearances as a pro (through 2016), with a slugging percentage of .341. Yet his lifetime on-base percentage is over .390, and he has been successful on more than 80% of his stolen base attempts.

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