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Paul Richan
Trending: ↑ 20%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 200LBS | Age: 23

Draft: 2018 | Rd: 2C, #78, Chicago Cubs | University of San Diego
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 2 4.11 5 5 0 30.2 29 1.34
Career Minors 12 9 3.64 32 31 0 153.1 146 1.17
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 5 2-2 4.11 30.2 29 1.34
Career Minors 32 12-9 3.64 153.1 146 1.17

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 Eugene Emeralds NWL A(Short) 0 2 2.12 10 9 0 29.2 19 10 7 2 5 31 0.81
2019 2 Teams Minors 12 7 4.00 22 22 0 123.2 135 64 55 12 20 115 1.25
2019 Myrtle Beach Pelicans CAR A(Adv) 10 5 3.97 17 17 0 93.0 96 47 41 10 18 86 1.23
2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers FSL A(Adv) 2 2 4.11 5 5 0 30.2 39 17 14 2 2 29 1.34

Scouting Report

2020

Part of a Hart High (Newhall, Calif.) system that has produced 10 Major Leaguers -- including Todd Zeile and current big league pitchers Trevor Bauer, Tyler Glasnow, Mike Montgomery and James Shields -- Richan blossomed into a 2018 supplemental second-rounder after three years of college at San Diego. Signed for a well below-slot $450,000, he lived up to his reputation as a polish-over-stuff starter who could advance quickly. He was pitching well at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in 2019 when the Cubs packaged him with Alex Lange to get Nicholas Cantellanos from the Tigers at the 2019 Trade Deadline. Richan made an impression on his new organization with eight scoreless innings and seven strikeouts in his penultimate start of the season.

While scouts consider Richan more of a pitch-to-contact hurler, he still posts decent strikeout rates while attacking hitters with less than overpowering stuff and inducing ground balls at a high rate. His 29-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio stood out in his month at Class A Advanced Lakeland, including no walks in 20 innings over his final three starts. He tossed a seven-inning start with just 56 pitches a few months earlier at Myrtle Beach. His 89-93 mph and low-80s slider play better than advertised because of his ability to pitch to location and mix them, with a little deception in his delivery.

Though Richan will never be grouped with the stockpile of top pitching prospects in the Tigers' system due to his arsenal, he has a chance to emerge as useful starting depth in the system, or as an innings-eating reliever. 


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

Part of a Hart High (Newhall, Calif.) system that has produced 10 Major Leaguers -- including Todd Zeile and current big league pitchers Trevor Bauer, Tyler Glasnow, Mike Montgomery and James Shields -- Richan blossomed into a 2018 supplemental second-rounder after three years of college at San Diego. Signed for a well-below-slot $450,000, he lived up to his reputation as a polish-over-stuff starter who could advance quickly. He was pitching well at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in 2019 when the Cubs packaged him with Alex Lange to get Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers at the 2019 Trade Deadline.

Richan has advanced feel for a low-80s slider, which he can land for strikes or get hitters to chase out of the zone. His 89-93 mph fastball stands out more for his command than its velocity or life. He also mixes in a curveball and changeup, both of which can be average offerings.

Though he can't overpower hitters, Richan doesn't shy away from challenging them. His arsenal plays better than its scouting grades because he mixes and locates his pitches well. A potential back-of-the-rotation starter, he could jump on the fast track to Chicago in 2019.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
02/23/2020 RHP Paul Richan assigned to Detroit Tigers.
08/02/2019 RHP Paul Richan assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
07/31/2019 Detroit Tigers traded RF Nicholas Castellanos to Chicago Cubs for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.
04/03/2019 RHP Paul Richan assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from AZL Cubs 1.
09/05/2018 RHP Paul Richan assigned to AZL Cubs 1 from Eugene Emeralds.
06/29/2018 RHP Paul Richan assigned to Eugene Emeralds.
06/17/2018 Chicago Cubs signed RHP Paul Richan.