By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
November 19, 2009
Kyle Richter will probably be the most coveted left-handed starting pitching prospect to come from baseball rich Orange County in the 2010 draft. Like his 2009 teammate, outfielder Trayce Thompson, and 2009 standout Tyler Matzek, Richter is one of the next guys off the OC assembly line. Here’s a first look at the left-hander on the bump.
Richter has the right frame for this kind of work. Listed at 6-4, 200, Richter physically projects and offers the promise of more power to go on this whippy build. In this outing for Angels Elite, Richter pitched at 88-92 and bumped 93. He’ll be a guy Baseball Beginnings checks up on again to see what kind of growth the kid gives us between now and the draft. He was primarily pumping fastballs in this outing, with a change-up at 72-74. His arm extension and frame should give him a chance to develop a put-away curveball. At this stage, he’s not as far along as Matzek was, but it doesn’t mean he’s not a prospect. Richter didn’t pitch very much last season, so you don’t know how far he’ll catch up before the draft unless you spend some time scouting him.