Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Profile: Garrett Richards


The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

Today's featured player: Garrett Richards 

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Position(s): Starting Pitcher  

Age: 32

Bats Right / Throws Right

Height: 6’2” / Weight: 210 lbs.

Acquired via free agency in 2021 (1 year, $10 million deal with team option for 2022)

Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

The Red Sox made me a very happy man when they added Garrett Richards to a much improved pitching staff this offseason. He is a very interesting starter to look at and fits right in with Boston’s many “if he could put it all together...” type pitchers. Health has been the main issue in Richards’ career, as his highest IP total since 2015 is 76.1. This will of course be the big hurdle for him to get over in Boston, but as we can’t accurately predict his health, let’s focus on what he can do when on the mound. 

2020 was pretty good for Garrett Richards.  In 51.1 innings he posted a 4.03 ERA, 4.28 FIP, and 1.25 WHIP. He saw a decently sized decrease in K% but cut down on walks as well.  While Richards was certainly no Statcast darling last year, he did excel in fastball spin and velocity as well as curveball spin.  Aside from those two pitches he also throws a slider and a sinker.  You can see from these tweets I posted during free agency that Richards may benefit from changing his usage of these pitches a bit:

It will definitely be interesting to see how the Red Sox and Richards come up with their game plans and how to best utilize his repertoire this year!  I expect increases to his usage of breaking balls to follow recent industry trends (see early 2020’s Dylan Bundy for the best example).  Even if there is little change, this should still prove to be a solid signing if Richards can stay healthy.  I am projecting something along the lines of a 3.95 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP with a new career best K% of 27.2. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Profile: Garrett Richards
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