The Angels are calling up one of their top pitching prospects to pitch tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium.
Garrett Richards is being called straight from Double-A to make the start. Baseball America ranked the 23-year-old as the Angels’ seventh-best prospect coming into this season, noting that his fastball “sits comfortably at 92-93 with sink.” His slider is apparently his best offspeed pitch, he has a curveball and changeup, and BA says he throws with a bit of an odd delivery.
The Yankees struggled against young call-ups like this last season, but they’ve been better this year.
“You’re probably not going to be able to see a lot of video of the young man we’re going to face (tonight), just because there’s not going to be a lot of video out there,” Joe Girardi said. “To me, it’s see the ball, hit the ball. Be ready to hit from pitch one and get an idea of what he’s trying to do to you.”
Speaking of starting pitching, if you haven’t already heard, Chien-Ming Wang was terrific for the Nationals last night. Check out Adam Kilgore’s gamer about Wang rediscovering his confidence in his sinker.