Trevor Michael Richards
- Bats Right, Thorws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School Drury University
- High School Mater Dei High School (Breese)
- Debut April 2, 2018
Pitcher Trevor Richards was not drafted coming out of Drury University in 2015, where he finished second in school history with 230 strikeouts. He signed with the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League. He went 6-6, 3.36 in 14 starts in his first season as a pro, then 3-3, 3.21 in 9 games at the start of the 2016 season. On July 7, 2016, he signed a contract with the Miami Marlins and was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League; after 3 games, he was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. Between the two affiliated teams, he was 2-3, 2.48 in 11 games. In 2016 he split the season between the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Southern League, being promoted just after he pitched in the FSL All-Star Game. He had an excellent year, finishing at 12-11, 2.53 in 27 games (25 starts), pitching 146 innings and striking out 158 opponents (against just 30 walks).
Richards went to spring training with the major league Marlins in 2018 and made the team as the fifth starter. However, he was rocked in his debut against the Boston Red Sox on April 2nd, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in 4 1/3 innings to be charged with a 7-3 loss. He had started off well, retiring the first seven batters he faced, before running into trouble in the middle innings.
During his time in the independent leagues, he held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet, including substitute elementary school teacher and working for the Miller-Coors Brewery.
- JR Radcliffe: "In one year, this Marlins pitcher went from working at MillerCoors to pitching at Miller Park", The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 19, 2018.