OTTAWA – Scott Richmond’s story of going from the docks in Vancouver to the Major Leagues has been well documented. And now his inspirational story keeps getting more stirring as he was named the American League Rookie of the Month by Major League Baseball.
The former Senior National Team member went an impressive 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four April starts for the Toronto Blue Jays and has continued his success so far this season as he also won his first start in the month of May, going seven strong innings and striking out six in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
In ten career Major Leagues starts, the North Vancouver, BC native has yet to allow more than three runs in a start.
“That’s what I’ve been trying to do, keep our team in it and keep them under three runs,” says Richmond on bluejays.com. “Our offence is pretty impressive and I’m just trying to do my part.”
The 29-year-old has become only the fourth Blue Jays rookie to start the month of April 3-0, joining Jerry Garvin (1977), Chris Michalak (2001) and Gustavo Chacin (2005).
Richmond got his first taste of big league action last season when he made his Major League debut on July 30th against the Tampa Bay Rays. He earned his first MLB win on September 26th, throwing six shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles.
In his young career, Richmond is 5-3 with a 3.30 ERA with 46 strikeouts to only 14 walks in 57.1 innings pitched.