Ex-Met Minor Leaguer, Twins Top Righty Prospect Simeon Woods-Richardson Earns Promotion to St. Paul Saints


Former New York Mets minor league pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson has been promoted to the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, St. Paul Saints, on Wednesday, today the team announced.

A six-foot-three right-hander, Woods Richardson, the sixth-best prospect in the Twins’ system, per MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, has spent the season with Double-A Wichita, where he’s gone 3-3 with a 3.06 ERA. He began the year without surrendering a run in his first 23.2 innings, earning himself Texas League Pitcher of the Month honors for April.

After a stint on the seven-day Injured List from June 23 to July 26, Woods-Richardson allowed just four earned runs in his last 17.2 innings with Wichita, walking seven while striking out 24 in that span. In his most recent start on August 16, he struck out a career-best 10 batters en route to a 17-4 Wichita victory. He’s been dominant against left-handed hitters, holding them to just a .190 average and a .488 OPS.

Woods-Richardson, 21, came to the Twins in 2021 as part of a trade package that included Austin Martin from the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for José Berríos.

The Mets–who selected Woods-Richardson in the 2018 Amateur MLB Draft with the fifth pick, 48th overall, in the second round out of Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas–dealt him to the Blue Jays in 2019 along with Anthony Kay, in exchange for pitcher Marcus Stroman.

— Jerry Del Priore

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