BUSAN, South Korea — The Lotte Giants have signed North Vancouver, British Columbia native Scott Richmond to be their second foreign import along with lefty Shane Youman. The signing ends Lotte’s three-year relationship with pitcher Ryan Sadowski.
The 33-year-old, 6’5′ Canadian was a late bloomer to the show, starting his career off at age 28 but falling out of favor with the Jays after an injury in 2009, which affected his fastball, control and runners on base, according to Bleacher Report.
The Blue Jays signed him out of an independent league in 2008, and he has appeared in 34 big-league games, most of them in 2009, when he started 24 games for the Jays while going 8-11 with a 5.52 ERA, according to the National Post.
His career highlight in the MLB was in April 2009, finishing the month with a 3-0 record and a 2.70 ERA while striking out 20 en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Month award.
He missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury. Then, this past season, he made three relief appearances giving up two runs on five hits in three innings for the Jays.
Richmond has a career 9-14 record with 139 strikeouts.
Richmond proved he belonged by throwing a heavy low-90s fastball and two tough breaking pitches. His slider works best when he locates it low and in to LHs, where it gets plenty of swings and misses. Scott’s curveball is a big 12-to-6 pitch that he’ll try and drop in for strikes. Richmond’s fourth pitch is a change-up.
Fastball (89-93), Slider (83-86), Curve (75-78), Changeup (83)