Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On this day in 1983, pitcher Clayton Richard was born.
Clayton was selected in the eighth round of the 2005 draft, out of the University of Michigan. He was the second Michigan alum taken in that draft by the Chicago White Sox. The first being Chris Getz, drafted in the fourth round. Richard moved up the ranks in the Sox minor league system each year, until his debut with the parent club on July 23, 2008.
Richard spent part of two years, 2008 and 2009, with the White Sox. During this time, he compiled a 6-8 record with a 5.14 ERA. Throwing errors plagued his time with the South Siders and cost Clayton some victories. On July 31, 2009, Richard, along with Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter, were traded to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Jake Peavy.