Prospect Scouting Report: Beau Richardson

Prospect Scouting Report: Beau Richardson

Not unlike Dan Hodges, Beau Richardson has been projected as a "situational lefty". The tag doesn't always sit well with some pitchers, but Richardson is ready to contribute in any way possible and has adjusted to everything that has been thrown at him at every level.

Beau Richardson was pitching in a major league park even when he was in high school. The San Francisco native threw a complete game at 3-Com Park – now SBC Park - to lead his high school club to the city championship. It's very possible that Richardson will pitch in a major league park again at some point in his career, but not likely that it will be as a starter.

After a strong high school career, Richardson went on to the College of San Mateo and eventually found himself at Tulane. His numbers at Tulane weren't spectacular – 15-6, 4.84 in two seasons - but the Phillies felt he simply was being misused. Most scouts didn't see a starter in Richardson or even the straight reliever that he was at Tulane. Instead, the dreaded "situational" tag was hung on Richardson and he isn't likely to shake it any time soon.

The Phillies kept Richardson in the rotation for part of his first professional season, but have given up on that experiment and moved him into the bullpen, likely for good.

Year / Team

W

L

SV

ERA

G

GS

CG

IP

H

R

ER

BB

KO

HR

2002 Batavia

5

4

1

3.54

16

6

0

61.0

68

29

24

18

35

2

2003 Lakewood

6

5

16

2.66

47

0

0

91.1

82

34

27

29

55

4

2004 Clearwater

6

1

1

3.61

47

0

0

42.1

45

23

17

16

35

5

Career

17

10

18

3.14

110

6

0

194.2

195

86

68

63

125

11


Repertoire: Richardson isn't the hardest thrower you'll ever want to see. He uses his breaking pitch effectively and needs it to be on in order to get hitters out. He's able to keep the ball away from left-handers to get ground ball outs.

Pitching: When he has to go against right-handers, Richardson seems to try too hard and misses his spots. He truly is completely suited to the role of simply coming on to get left-handers out and that's where he's most effective.

Projection: Had a pretty strong season at Clearwater in 2004 and is ready for AA ball next season. He'll start the year at Reading and could possibly move along to Scranton before the end of the 2005 season.

ETA: Richardson will likely get a quick look in the spring of 2006, but will probably be at AAA for most of that season. By 2007, he could be challenging for a permanent spot.

Comparison: Steve Kline. A strong lefty who can be effective in the right spot, but can also be exposed if he's called on to do too much.

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