Left-Hander Clayton Richard Joins Tribe

— Former Indiana Mr. Baseball & Mr. Football Slated for Wednesday Start —

Photo by Louriann Mardo-Zayat

Clayton Richard, a former Indiana Mr. Baseball and Mr. Football from Lafayette, Indiana, has officially been activated on the Indianapolis Indians’ roster as of Tuesday afternoon. The left-handed pitcher is the Tribe’s probable starting pitcher tomorrow – Wednesday, May 13 – for the finale of a three-game series in Pawtucket at 12:05 p.m.

 Richard is slated for his first appearance at Victory Field as the Indians’ starting pitcher on Monday, May 18.

Tomorrow’s start against the Triple-A Red Sox will mark Richard’s first career appearance with the Indians and his second overall outing of the 2015 season. He originally debuted on May 7 for the Bradenton (Fla.) Marauders, where he struck out five over six innings with no earned runs for the Hi-A Minor League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A two-sport standout at McCutcheon High School, Richard was the first athlete in Indiana to be named both Mr. Football (2002) and Mr. Baseball (2003). He played both sports collegiately at the University of Michigan before being selected by the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the 2005 MLB Draft (245th overall).

The southpaw’s decorated stint in the minors featured an All-Star Futures Game selection and praise from Baseball America as the White Sox’s No. 5 prospect and as possessing the “Best Control” in the International League in 2008. Richard made his Major League debut with Chicago during the 2008 campaign, and after pitching in 39 games (22 starts) with the White Sox from 2008-09, was acquired by the San Diego Padres as part of a package deal for former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy at the trade deadline in 2009.

Richard owns a career record of 46-47 with a 4.33 ERA and 480 strikeouts in 147 MLB appearances (129 starts) between the White Sox (2008-09) and Padres (2009-13). He established a career high in innings pitched (218 2/3) and matched his personal bests in wins (14) and starts (33) during his last full season in the Majors with the Padres in 2012.

In addition, Richard has also posted a 30-33 record with a 3.37 ERA and 323 strikeouts in 90 career Minor League appearances (86 starts).

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