Twins To Give Elite Pitching Prospect His MLB Debut

He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Jose Berrios swap at last year's trade deadline, the second major trade of his young professional career. Now, the Minnesota Twins are finally calling up elite pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson, for his much-anticipated major league debut on Sunday.

He was the 2nd-ranked pitcher on the Twins' prospect list, No. 6 overall, and becomes the youngest hurler in the majors this season. 

Woods Richardson turned 22 last week. He had an impressive minor league season, with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts at Double-A, and then improving on that at Triple-A, with a 2.21 ERA in 7 starts, a 0.84 WHIP, and a 38:10 K/BB ratio.

He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft, and was sent to Toronto in the huge 2019 Marcus Stroman trade.

He stumbled a bit in Double-A last year, both before and after the trade to the Twins, but has recovered nicely in 2022. MLB Pipeline reports that he is "an intriguing combination of size, stuff and feel for pitching."

He makes his debut against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. 

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