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Garrett Thomas Richards

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Pitcher Garrett Richards was taken as a supplemental 1st round pick in the 2009 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He was signed by scout Arnold Brathwaite and made his pro debut that summer for the Orem Owlz. he was in Class A ball in 2010 and spent 2011 in AA, with the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League. He had a very good season there, going 12-2, 3.15 in 22 games.

Richards made his major league debut with the Angels on August 10, 2011, starting against the New York Yankees. He gave up 6 runs in 5 innings to be tagged with the loss. He pitched seven times for the Angels that season, going 0-2, 5.79. In 2012, he began the season back in the minor leagues, playing for the first time at the AAA level with the Salt Lake Bees in the Pacific Coast League. He made 10 starts, with a record of 5-2, 4.51, before being called back to Los Angeles when ace Jered Weaver was placed on the disabled list. After one scoreless inning of relief on May 30th, he started against the Seattle Mariners on June 5th and earned his first big league victory with a very solid performance: he gave up one run in 7 innings and struck out 8 in a 6-1 win.

Richards recorded his first career shutout on August 4, 2014 when he blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0; it was also the first complete game of his career and came in the middle of a breakout season. The win improved his record to 12-4. However, he suffered a serious knee injury in a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 20th; in the 2nd inning, he ran to cover first base to complete a potential double play, but collapsed just short of the base and lay on the ground in agony for ten minutes before being carted off the field. The injury ended his season with a record of 13-4, 2.61 in 26 starts. In 168 2/3 innings, he had struck out 164 batters in what was truly a breakout season.

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