Clayton Colby Richard ... Resides in Lafayette, IN with his wife, Ashley, two sons, Cashton and Cannon, and daughter, Kile ... Attended the University of Michigan where he played football and baseball...Went 0-1 with a 2.43 ERA and five saves over 21 outings in 2005... Redshirted during Michigan's 2003 Big Ten championship season and did not play baseball in 2004 ... Earned Big Ten all-academic honours in 2004 while playing as backup quarterback to Chad Henne for the Wolverines... Will be the second Wolverines QB to play for the Blue Jays, joining Rick Leach (1981-1988).
Led the Padres in starts (27) and innings pitched (158.2) while ranking 2nd in strikeouts (108) ... Landed on the DL on Aug. 25 for the rest of the season with left knee inflammation ... Limited opponents to a personal-best .263 average ... Posted a 57.6 ground ball percentage and a 2.96 ground ball to fly ball ratio, both the most among all pitchers with at least 120 innings of work... His 284 ground balls ranked 2nd in the NL (Miles Mikolas-304) and 4th in the Majors ... Induced 22 ground ball double plays, tied for 2nd most in the NL (Kyle Freeland-24) ... Threw an average of 15.0 pitches/inning, 4th most efficient among NL pitchers with at least 120 innings ... Tied a career high with 10 strikeouts on May 13 vs. STL (also June 30, 2010 vs. COL) ... Won four consecutive starts from June 4-22, posting a 2.77 ERA (8 ER/26.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts along the way ... Made his 200th career start in his final outing on Aug. 24 at LAD.
Tied for the club lead with 32 starts on the season, working exclusively as a starter for the first time in his career since 2013... His 32 starts were his third-most in a single season and the most since making a career-high 33 in 2010 and 2012 while with SD... Led the club in IP (197.1), ranked second in strikeouts (151) and third in quality starts (14)... His eight pickoffs led all of baseball and his 377 induced ground balls ranked tied for first in the majors with TOR's Marcus Stroman... Forced opponents to ground into 32 double plays, which ranked tied for first in the NL with teammate Luis Perdomo and tied for second in the majors, behind only Stroman's 34... His 197.1 IP ranked 16th in the majors and eighth in the NL... In his first start of the season on 4/4 at LAD, worked 8.0-shutout innings and allowed just five hits…he induced four ground ball double plays, one of just eight pitchers to roll up four double plays in a single game this season... He was one of five pitchers this season throw multiple complete nine-inning games (5/21 at ARI and 8/16 vs. PHI)... Per STATS Inc., his 51 career wins wearing a Padres uniform at the end of the 2017 season are the fourth-most ever by a Friar left-hander…Randy Jones leads the lefties with 92, followed by Bruce Hurst (55) and Dave Dravecky (53)... Among pitchers with at least 197.0 IP in 2017, his 73 total runs of support and 3.33 run support average (runs scored while he is in the game) were the lowest in the majors... On 9/20, the Padres extended his contract through the 2019 season.
Began the season with the Chicago Cubs and worked in 25 games (all in relief) before being designated for assignment on 7/26 and released on 8/3…signed by the Padres as a free agent to a Major League contract on 8/6...Made nine total starts for the Padres and went 3-3 with a 2.41 ERA (14 ER, 52.1 IP) with the Padres 6-3 in those starts...In his four starts at Petco Park he posted a 2-1 record and a 1.42 ERA (4 ER, 25.1 IP) with the Padres 3-1 in those starts, compared to his 1-2 road record and a 3.33 ERA (10 ER, 27.0 IP) with the Padres 3-2 in those starts...Went 2-1 with a 0.36 ERA (1 ER, 25.0 IP) over four starts from 8/20 - 9/8 with the Padres 3-1 in those starts...Earned his first win as a Padre since 6/16/13 on 8/27 at MIA, working 7.0 scoreless innings allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out three in the team's 1-0 victory...Went 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA (10 ER, 14.0 IP) in 25 relief appearances for the Cubs.
Clayton Richard was acquired from Pittsburgh, July 3, for a cash consideration and went 4-2 with two holds and a 3.83 ERA (18 ER/42.1 IP) in 23 appearances with the Cubs, including three starts … was his first major league action since appearing in 12 games with San Diego in 2013. Went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA (6 ER/18.0 IP) in three starts with Chicago, including quality starts, July 4 vs. Miami and August 2 at Milwaukee. Ptched a season-high 6.1 innings in his Cubs debut, July 4 vs. Miami, allowing just two runs on eight hits. Pitched exclusively in relief from August 12 through the end of the season, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP) in 19 outings. w Made three relief appearances of at least 3.0 innings, including a 4.0-inning effort, September 13 at Philadelphia (1 ER). Stranded 10 of 15 inherited runners while pitching in relief. Allowed just 12 earned runs in 33.0 innings (3.27 ERA) following the All-Star Break. Held lefties to a .234 average (15-for-64) while righties batted .294 (32-for-109). Was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, July 23, and made one start with the I-Cubs, tossing 7.0-scoreless frames, July 28 at Nashville … returned to the Cubs, August 5, and remained with the major league club through the end of the season. Closed out his regular season with five-straight scoreless outings beginning September 19 ... pitched 3.1 innings in that stretch. Began the season in the Pittsburgh organization, going 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA (13 ER/56.0 IP) in nine starts at Triple-A Indianapolis … struck out 25 batters while walking 13. With Indianapolis, did not allow an earned run in three-straight starts, May 29-June 8 … allowed just 16 hits and five unearned runs in 21.2 innings … went 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA (6 ER/33.1 IP) in June. Did not allow a run in six post-season relief appearances spanning 4.2 innings ... held opponents to a .188 average (3-for-16), walking one and striking out three.
Missed most of the season recovering from acromioclavicular (AC) joint surgery performed in 2013, and thoracic outlet surgery performed in February ... signed a minor league contract with Arizona, August 1. Made his season debut with Double-A Mobile August 10 vs. Tennessee, allowing six runs in 3.0 innings, taking a no-decision. Lost each of his last two starts with Mobile before being transferred to Triple-A Reno, August 25. Started and allowed three runs in 6.1 innings in his only appearance with Reno, August 28 at Sacramento ... earned the win.
Was limited to 12 appearances (11 starts) with the Padres before being placed on the disabled list for the rest of the season on June 22 with a left shoulder strain ... underwent left shoulder surgery. Went 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA (41 ER/52.2 IP) in his 12 outings with San Diego ... allowed 65 hits and walked 21 batters. Was placed on the disabled list May 5 with a viral infection ... made two starts with Triple-A Reno as part of a rehab assignment before being activated May 27. Made his last appearance of the season June 21 vs. the Dodgers, throwing just two pitches before leaving the game ... was placed on the disabled list the following day
Set career-highs in innings pitched (218.2) and tied his career-high in wins (14) and games started (33).Led the club with 18 quality starts, second-most in his career (20QS in 2010).His 218.2 innings pitched were fourth-most among NL pitchersand ninth-most among all Major League pitchers.Allowed a career-high 31 home runs, the most among all NationalLeague pitchers and seventh-most among Big League pitchers.Held left-handed hitters to a .241 (48-for-199) opponents battingaverage with just two home runs to left-handed hitters.Tossed a five-hit shutout on 8/8 vs. CHI, the second shutout ofhis career (also, 9/21/10 at LAD) and third complete game of hiscareer, second complete game of 9.0 innings.Had a career-best tying five-game win streak from 8/19-9/20 overa six-start span, going 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA(15 ER/40.0 IP) with the Padres 6-0 over that stretch...also had a five-game win streak in 2010 (7/28-8/24/10).Over six starts in June, went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA(10 ER/40.2 IP).Over six starts in August, went 5-1 with a 2.42 ERA (12ER/44.2 IP), tied for the most wins ever by a Padres pitcherin the month of August, just the third Padre to do so (also,Andy Benes in August 1991 and Jake Peavy in August2007, both 5-0).From 6/12 through the end of the season, went 12-7 with a 3.68 ERA (58 ER/142.0 IP) and 64 strikeouts against21 walks in his final 21 starts...Padres were 13-8 in his final 21 starts.In 14 starts at Petco Park, went 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA (32ER/95.1 IP), a .245 (90-for-367) opponents batting averageand 51 strikeouts against 15 walks, with the Padres 9-5 in his starts at home. At home,from 5/16-9/12,went 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA (23ER/71.1IP)over 10 starts, with the Padres 8-2 in those starts.Won five-straight home starts from 7/18-9/12, posting a 1.60 ERA (7 ER/39.1 IP) over that stretch...was the firstPadres pitcher to win five-straight home starts with in the same season since Greg Maddux also did so in 2007(ELIAS).On 6/22 vs. SEA,went 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI,earning the victory that day and becoming the first pitcher inPadres history to get a hit in each of his official at-bats,drive in three runs and get the win in the same game(ELIAS).On 5/20 vs. LAA, at the plate, had a pinch-hit singleand scored the game-ending run in the bottom of the 13th inning.On 10/1 at MIL, his last game of 2012, hit his first Major League home run in the third inning off Shaun Marcum,a solo shot.
Made 18 starts for the Padres before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on 7/29...Had a career-long five-game losing streak from 5/21-6/17, going 0-5 with a 3.79 ERA (15 ER/35.2 IP)...received just five runs of support total during that span...Received 40 runs of support throughout the season, with 17 of those coming in two outings (4/2 at STL; 5/16 at ARI)...two or fewer runs of support in 12 of his 18 starts (zero runs in six starts; one run in four starts; two runs in two starts)...Won each of his last three starts before landing on the DL, posting a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) over that stretch...Placed on the 15-day DL 7/5 with a strained left shoulder and transferred to the 60-day DL on 8/26.
Made a career-high 33 starts for the Padres in2010, leading the club with a career-high 201.2 IP...alsoestablished career-bests in ERA (3.75), strikeouts (153)and wins (14).Ninth time in franchise history a left-handed pitcher has led the teamin innings pitched and first since Bruce Hurst (244.2 IP) in 1989...Tossed his first CG shutout on 9/21 at LAD (9.0, 8, 0, 0, 2, 6)...secondCG of his career and first 9.0-inning CG...first left-handed pitcher totoss a CG for San Diego since Sterling Hitchcock on 9/7/99 at PIT(8.0 IP, 3 ER)...first left-handed pitcher to throw a CG shutout forthe Padres since Hitchcock did so on 8/14/98 vs. MIL...Started the season by going 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA (31 ER/102.0 IP)over his first 16 starts from 4/9-6/30...Struck out a career-high 10 batters on 6/30 vs. COL...tied for themost strikeouts by a Padre in 2010...Had a career-best five-game winning streak over six starts from 7/28-8/24, posting a 3.48 ERA (13 ER/33.2 IP) overthat span...Went 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA (37 ER/105.2 IP) in 17 starts at PETCO Park and 8-3with a 4.41 ERA (47 ER/96.0 IP) in 16 starts on the road...Was 10-3 (.769) in 18 starts against National League West opponents, the mostwins against the NL West for any pitcher in 2010...most wins by a Padre againstthe NL West since LHP Dennis Rasmussen (12 wins vs. NL West) and RHPEric Show (11 wins vs. NL West) in 1988...Held left-handed hitters to a .228 (47-for-206) opponents batting averagewhile right-handers hit at a .281 (159-for-565) clip...15 of his 16 homeruns allowed to right-handers...Allowed a home run to Joey Votto on 9/26 vs. CIN, his first home runallowed to a left-handed hitter all season and first since his first startas a Padre on 8/1/09 vs. MIL (Prince Fielder)...snapped a streak of 241homerless at-bats to left-handed hitters...only his fifth career homerun allowed to a left-handed hitter...other three homers to left-handerswere 4/10/09 vs. MIN (Justin Morneau), 6/3/09 vs. OAK (Jason Giambi)and 6/30/09 at CLE (Travis Hafner).
Split the season between the White Sox and Padres, making a combined 38 appearances (26 starts)...acquired by the Padres 7/31 along with three other pitchers in exchange for Jake Peavy...Combined to go 9-5 with a 4.41 ERA (75 ER/153.0 IP) in his 38 games between Chicago and San Diego...Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the White Sox organization...Made 12 starts for the Padres, going 5-2 with a 4.08 ERA (29 ER/64.0 IP)...Padres went 9-3 in his starts, including winningeach of his first three and his last four...Began the season in the bullpen, posting a 4.32 ERA (8 ER/16.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances with the White Sox...moved toChicago's rotation beginning 5/12 and started the rest of the season...As a starter, combined to go 9-5 with a 4.42 ERA (67 ER/136.1 IP) in his 26 starts between Chicago and San Diego...Tossed 8.0 innings of one-run ball in each of his last two starts with the White Sox (7/21 vs. TB; 7/26 at DET)...both outingsmarked career highs for innings pitched...Struck out a career-high eight on two occasions, 5/23 vs. PIT (with CWS) and 9/13 vs. COL (with SD)...Including four Interleague starts with the White Sox and all 12 outings with San Diego, went 6-2 with a 3.94 ERA (36 ER/82.1IP) vs. the National League...Finished the season going 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) in his last three outings...worked at least 6.0 innings in eachgame, tossing shutout ball twice.
went 2-5 with a 6.04 era (32 er/47.2 iP) in 13 games (eightstarts) over two stints in his fi rst season with the White Sox ... was 2-5 witha 6.35 era (28 er/39.2 iP) as a starter and 0-0 with a 4.50 era (4 er/8.0iP) in relief ... compiled a 2.41 era in three starts when lasting at least 6.0IP and a 9.86 ERA in fi ve starts with less than 6.0 IP ... did not factor in thedecision in his major-league debut on 7/23 vs. the Rangers (4 ER/4.0 IP) ...struck out seven, the most by a Sox starter making his debut since RaveloManzanillo fanned eight on 9/25/88 vs. Kansas City ... was optioned to ClassAAA Charlotte on 8/5 and recalled on 8/15 ... made his fi rst relief appearanceon 8/17 at Oakland, striking out two in 1.0 scoreless IP ... earned his fi rstwin on 8/19 vs. Seattle with 6.0 scoreless IP ... won his second straight starton 8/25 at Baltimore (3 ER/6.0 IP) ... lost his fi nal start on 9/17 at YankeeStadium despite allowing only two runs on fi ve hits over 6.2 IP and carryinga 1-0 lead into the seventh inning ... opponents hit .226 (21-93) the fi rst time through the lineup, compared toa .351 average (26-74) the second time around and .412 (14-34) the third time ... lefties batted .274 (20-73)and right-handers .320 (41-128) ... all fi ve of the homers were surrendered to righties ... went 12-6 with a 2.48era (35 er/127.2 iP) in 20 combined starts between charlotte and class aa Birmingham ... was the startingpitcher for the united States team in the MlB all-Star Futures game on 7/13 at yankee Stadium, allowing oneunearned run in 1.0 iP ... was selected to the initial u.S. olympic roster, but did not play following his promotionto the Sox ... began the season with the Barons, going 6-6 with a 2.47 era in 13 starts ... was named Southernleague Pitcher of the week for 5/26-6/1 ... went 6-0 with a 2.45 era in six starts at charlotte ... cited by BaseballAmerica as possessing the Best control among international league pitchers ...went 9-0 with a 1.72 era (13er/68.2 iP) in his last 10 minor-league starts.
Spent the season with Single-A Winston-Salem, going 8-12with a 3.63 ERA (65 ER/161.1 IP) over 28 games (27 starts)...Finished second in the Carolina League in innings pitched and eighth inERA...Ranked among organizational leaders in innings pitched (3rd), completegames (T3rd) and ERA (6th).
Combined to go 7-9 with a 3.85 ERA (51 ER/119.1 IP) in 22 games (21 starts) between Single-AKannapolis and Single-A Winston-Salem.
Combined to go 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA (19 ER/51.1 IP) between Rookie-level Great Falls and Single-AKannapolis...Named Pioneer league Pitcher of the Week for 6/27-7/3.