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Simeon Woods Richardson
Popularity: ↑ 43%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 210LBS | Age: 20

Draft: 2018 | Rd: 2, #48, New York Mets | Kempner HS
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 2 2.54 6 6 0 28.1 29 0.88
Career Minors 7 10 3.48 33 30 1 124.0 152 1.12
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 6 3-2 2.54 28.1 29 0.88
Career Minors 33 7-10 3.48 124.0 152 1.12

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 2 Teams Minors 1 0 1.56 7 4 1 17.1 15 5 3 1 4 26 1.10
2018 GCL Mets GCL ROK 1 0 0.00 5 2 1 11.1 9 2 0 0 4 15 1.15
2018 Kingsport Mets APP ROK 0 0 4.50 2 2 0 6.0 6 3 3 1 0 11 1.00
2019 2 Teams Minors 6 10 3.80 26 26 0 106.2 96 52 45 6 24 126 1.13
2019 Columbia Fireflies SAL A(Full) 3 8 4.25 20 20 0 78.1 78 44 37 5 17 97 1.21
2019 Dunedin Blue Jays FSL A(Adv) 3 2 2.54 6 6 0 28.1 18 8 8 1 7 29 0.88

Scouting Report

2021

One of the youngest players (17) in the 2018 Draft, Woods Richardson signed with the Mets for $1.85 million after they selected him in the second round. He jumped straight to full-season ball the next year at age 18 and was having a strong campaign in the Class A South Atlantic League when the Mets packaged him with lefty Anthony Kay to get Marcus Stroman from Toronto ahead of the ‘19 Trade Deadline. The Blue Jays promoted Woods Richardson to Class A Advanced Dunedin upon acquiring him, and the young right-hander responded to the challenge by making six impressive starts down the stretch. He continued to add polish while pitching at Toronto’s alternate training site in 2020.

Woods Richardson gets great extension over his front side because he’s an excellent athlete who repeats his clean delivery well. That extension gives Woods Richardson’s 91-95 mph four-seam fastball riding life, and he did a better job of pitching up in the zone with it at the alternate site. He commands his heater better than most, showing the potential for plus command, and it's easy to envision the right-hander adding velocity as he grows into his ultra-projectable frame. Woods Richardson throws two distinct breaking balls in a top-to-bottom, downer curveball in the upper 70s, and a sharp low-80s slider. He can locate the latter down in the zone as a chase pitch and showed better action and command of his curveball in 2020. Woods Richardson completes his four-pitch mix with a plus changeup that is regarded as the best in Toronto’s system.

Woods Richardson’s size, stuff and pitchability at a young age all bode exceptionally well for his future development, and he already demonstrates plus control and command of four pitches. He's more advanced and polished than the typical prep hurler and could move quickly as a result, with the potential to grow into a No. 2 or 3 starter.


2020

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60 | Overall: 55

While a dip in velocity during Woods Richardson's senior year mitigated some of his 2019 Draft hype from the previous summer, the Mets felt that the '18 version of the right-hander was for real and ended up taking him in the second round. One of the youngest players (17) in his class, Woods Richardson dominated in his pro debut after signing for $1.85 million, above his slot's value. Advancing to full-season ball in 2019, he was pitching increasingly well as an 18-year-old at Class A Columbia before the Mets packaged him with lefty Anthony Kay to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Toronto promoted Woods Richardson to Class A Advanced Dunedin following the trade, and he responded to the challenge by making six impressive starts down the stretch.

An excellent athlete with a fast arm who repeats his clean delivery well, Woods Richardson gets big extension over his front side to generate a low-90s, four-seam fastball that touches 95 mph with riding life as well as a two-seamer that eats up right-handed hitters with its arm-side run. He commands his heater better than most teenage hurlers, showing the potential for plus command, and it's easy to envision the right-hander adding more velocity as he grows into his ultra-projectable frame. Woods Richardson can induce whiffs with two distinct breaking balls: a top-to-bottom, downer curveball in the upper 70s that flashes plus, and a sharp low-80s slider that he adeptly locates down in the zone. He rounds out his four-pitch mix with a fading changeup that has quickly developed into a plus pitch.

Woods Richardson has an ideal foundation for development, possessing an ideal blend of size, stuff and pitchability at a young age, and already demonstrates plus control and command of all four pitches. He's more advanced than the typical prep hurler and could move quickly as a result en route to becoming a No. 2 or 3 starter at the highest level.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

A strong showing on the summer showcase circuit put Woods Richardson firmly on the Draft prospect map, looking for sure like a top-three-rounds pick. He didn't back that up during his senior year, causing some teams to back off. The Mets weren't one of them, remembering his summer dominance when they took him in the second round. They gave Woods Richardson an above-pick-value bonus of $1.85 million to sign him away from his Texas commitment, then watched him dominate over five scoreless outings in the Gulf Coast League and finish his pro debut as a 17 year old in the Appalachian League. After a strong start to his full-season debut in 2019, Woods Richardson was packaged with Anthony Kay to the Blue Jays in July in the Marcus Stroman trade. 

After running his fastball up to 95 mph during the summer, Woods Richardson sat more around 89-92 as a senior. But with his size, arm speed and athleticism, it was seemingly only a matter of time until velocity returned, and he spent his pro debut sitting around 93, while touching 97 with a riding fastball. Woods Richardson's quick arm from a high-three-quarters slot helps him snap off a sharp, top-to-bottom curveball that shows plus potential, and he already demonstrates some feel for turning over an effective changeup.

Woods Richardson has a good delivery and repeats it well, but he'll need to show he can maintain his stuff deep into his outings and handle the rigors of a full season to remain a starter long term. There's certainly less concern about that after his impressive pro debut, and it'll now be up to the Blue Jays to further the young right-hander's development as he works to become a big league starter.


2018

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

A strong showing on last summer's showcase circuit put Woods-Richardson firmly on the Draft prospect map, looking for sure like a top-three-rounds pick. He didn't back that up during his senior year, causing some teams to back off. The Mets weren't one of them, remembering his summer dominance when they took him in the second round and giving him an above-pick-value bonus of $1.85 million to sign him away from his Texas commitment.

Over the summer, Woods-Richardson ran his fastball up to 95 mph and showed three-pitch potential. During his senior year, he sat more around 89-92 mph with his fastball, though scouts still loved his arm speed and athleticism. His curve wasn't quite as sharp as it was over the summer and he didn't used his changeup as much during his high school season.

With a good delivery featuring a high-three-quarters arm slot, Woods-Richardson repeats his delivery well. He'll need to show he can maintain his stuff deep into his outings to show he can remain a starter long-term. A talented two-way player in high school, the Mets hope a focus on the mound will help him to put it all together in the future.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
02/12/2021 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster RHP Simeon Woods Richardson to spring training.
02/12/2021 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Vancouver Canadians.
02/12/2021 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Vancouver Canadians.
09/29/2020 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Blue Jays Alternate Training Site.
09/29/2020 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays.
07/19/2020 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Blue Jays Alternate Training Site from Dunedin Blue Jays.
06/28/2020 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster RHP Simeon Woods Richardson to spring training.
08/02/2019 Dunedin Blue Jays activated RHP Simeon Woods Richardson.
07/28/2019 Toronto Blue Jays traded RHP Marcus Stroman and cash to New York Mets for LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods Richardson.
07/28/2019 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays.
07/28/2019 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.
03/31/2019 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Kingsport Mets.
03/24/2019 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to New York Mets.
08/20/2018 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to Kingsport Mets from GCL Mets.
06/30/2018 RHP Simeon Woods Richardson assigned to GCL Mets.
06/15/2018 New York Mets signed RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson.