Florence Freedom outfielder Josh Richmond has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.
While attending the University of Louisville, he garnered a lot of attention despite battling injuries. The Dallas Morning News reported on the 2010 draft, and of the six Cardinals players drafted, Richmond was considered the one with the most potential.
Not bad for someone who played in only 23 games in his final collegiate season. You really have to have immense ability to be thought of so highly by an MLB club when not playing at 100 percent.
Richmond, who was signed by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round of the June 2010 MLB amateur draft, spent the first three years of his professional career in the Rangers system. Over that span, Richmond batted .232 with 19 home runs and 91 RBI. His best season came in 2011, when he belted 11 home runs and hit 32 doubles with a .318 average over 126 games for the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League.
According to Scout.com, Richmond was signed by the Rangers at above slot value for $195,000. After a disappointing 2011 season with Myrtle Beach, he was released.
After his release, Richmond hooked up with the Florence Freedom of the Independent Frontier League, and within five games, he was back in affiliated baseball. According to an article by Cincinnati.com on May 24, the White Sox signed Richmond after he batted .267 with a .389 OBP in 15 at-bats.
Freedom general manager Josh Anderson, who was quoted in the article, believes Richmond has all the tools to be successful at the next level:
The White Sox are extremely pleased with Curley (a previous Freedom player signed by the White Sox in 2012) and they are turning to the Freedom again hoping Josh can be their next find here in Florence,” Freedom general manager Josh Anderson said. “Josh has the make-up of a guy that can go to the next level and have success. We wish him all the best.
Currently, Richmond is suiting up for the Kannapolis Intimidators, the White Sox's Single-A affiliate. In two games, he's batting .250 with one RBI.
Statistics courtesy Baseball Reference.