Top Prospect #24: LHP Beau Richardson

Beau Richardson wasn't the highest touted pitcher to come out of Tulane in 2002. In fact, the Phillies drafted his college teammate Nick Bourgeois a full thirty rounds before they got around to drafting Richardson. True to Phillies history though, Richardson is turning out to be one of those mid-to-late round pitchers that they seem to cultivate into useable members in their organization.

Beau Richardson was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, but his family moved to San Francisco when he was young and that's where he learned his trade. As a high school senior, Richardson threw all nine innings of an extra inning win in the city championship played at 3-Com Park. His high school career was good enough to get him a look from college scouts, but he chose the College of San Mateo as his first stop. Richardson attracted attention and eventually found himself pitching for Tulane.

 

As the 2002 Draft neared, major league scouts were following Richardson. The Phillies kept their eye on both Richardson and Nick Bourgeois, who were teammates on the Green Wave. Richardson was actually stumbled upon. His numbers didn't attract much attention while at Tulane, but as scouts watched him pitch, they became more and more intrigued. The Phillies talked to Richardson and he agreed that if they drafted him, he would sign quickly and start his professional career wherever they chose. As the draft wound through, the Phillies put off drafting Richardson until they felt the time was right; That happened to be the 34th round.

 

True to his word, Richardson signed a week after the draft and the Phillies sent him to Batavia. The Phillies bounced Richardson back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen with some success - 5-4, 3.54 in 16 games – and eventually found that they liked Richardson better out of the pen. For 2003, the Phillies promoted Richardson to Lakewood and used him exclusively as a reliever. Not only did the BlueClaws find a quality left-hander for the bullpen, they found a closer. Richardson pitched in 47 games and wound up with 16 saves at the end of the season. His control, which was slightly suspect in 2002, also came around as Richardson continued to develop.

 

The Phillies are slow to slap the label of closer of the future on any young pitcher and especially slow with Richardson. For now, it looks like Richardson projects as a situational left-hander who definitely has major league potential. The Phils have continued to work with Richardson to develop a better changeup and add to his repertoire. Richardson has been receptive and has seen his stock rise in the short time since being drafted. The progression should continue with Richardson being assigned to Clearwater in 2004 where he will again work out of the bullpen and could continue his job as closer.

 

Beau Richardson's Career Stats

 

Year/Team

W

L

ERA

SV

G

GS

IP

H/9 IP

BB/9 IP

KO/9 IP

2002 Batavia

(Rookie)

5

4

3.54

1

16

6

61.0

10.0

2.7

5.2

2003 Lakewood

(Low A)

6

5

2.66

16

47

0

91.1

8.1

2.9

5.4

Career Stats

11

9

3.02

17

63

6

152.1

8.9

2.8

5.3

 


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