Just a little over a year removed from a solid collegiate pitching career at Drury University, Aviston native Trevor Richards is one step closer to the major leagues.
A member of the Gateway Grizzlies for parts of the last two seasons, Richards, 23, has had his contract purchased by the Miami Marlins. A Mater Dei High School graduate, Richards is expected to report to Class A Greensboro in the Marlins organization.
Richards, a ‘11 graduate of Mater Dei where he compiled a record of 9-1 and microscopic 1.07 senior season before a stellar career at Drury University, was 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA in nine games with Gateway this season.
One of the Frontier League leaders in strike outs with 48 in 47 2/3 innings, Richards was 6-6 in 12 starts a year ago with Gateway.
But now, Richards is a member of the Miami Marlins organization.
“I’m very excited to keep going and could have not done this without the Grizzlies, especially (manager) Phil Warren and (pitching coach) Randy Martz,” said Richards, who was named Gateway’s “Rookie of the Year” last season as he struck out 84 batters in 91 innings. “It’s surreal as I’ve been working towards this for my entire career.”
Richards becomes the 38th Grizzlies player signed by a Major League organization and the 19th since manager Phil Warren who is in his 10th season.
Warren said he is excited for Richards chance to further his baseball career and follow his dream.
“We wish Trevor the best and know that he will embrace this opportunity with the Marlins,” Warren said. “He’s a fierce competitor on the mound and his presence will be felt even after he is gone because of the standards he set for being a member of the Grizzlies.’’