WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Former McCutcheon Maverick Clayton Richard has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I’m excited about the opportunity that the Diamondbacks have given me,” Richard said. “I cannot wait to get back on the mound against professional competition. I’m going to work as hard as I can to move up in their organization.”
Richard last pitched for the Padres in 2013 and posted a 7.01 ERA with 4.1 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 52 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents batted .308/.369/.578 against Richard in a season that saw him miss three weeks with a stomach virus before going down for the year with a shoulder injury in June.
Two separate operations followed over the next eight months for the former Maverick who has been rehabbing ever since in his attempt to make it back to Major League Baseball.
Over the last seven to 10 days, Richard has worked out for numerous teams and decided that the diamondbacks were the best fit for him.
He will make a start this weekend in the Arizona League. The Arizona League is a minor league baseball league that operates in and around Phoenix. It is a Rookie-level league run by Major League Baseball since 1989.