Simeon Woods Richardson was dressed as a superhero for his Triple-A debut with the Saints
on Sunday afternoon at CHS Field.
When it comes to special powers, the Twins will be thrilled if one of the organization’s top
pitching prospects can ultimately transform himself into a top-of-the rotation major-league
So far, so good. In a game the Saints wore jerseys celebrating Marvel Super Hero Day, the 21-
year-old Woods Richardson pitched three innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking
out four. The Saints beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-4 in 11 innings on an RBI single by Matt Wallner.
Woods Richardson came to the Twins from Toronto last July in the trade that sent Jose Berrios
to the Blue Jays. He was the top-rated pitcher in the Toronto system. Drafted in the second
round by the New York Mets in 2018, he was traded to Toronto in 2019 for starting pitcher
His main goal, he said, is to make the trade with the Blue Jays work in the Twins’ favor.
“They did not lose value on anything,” Woods Richardson said. “It’s humbling to know that a
team values you to that caliber. All I can do is play up to that caliber and play like I know I can
Woods Richardson was called up from Double-A Wichita on August 17. He was 3-3 with an
earned run average of 3.06 at Wichita and had a career-high 10 strikeouts over five innings in
his last start. He said he didn’t experience any extra nerves in his first Triple-A start.
“At the end of the day it’s the same baseball you’ve always been playing,” he said. “You just
have to go out there and execute pitches and have complete confidence in them. After
everything is said and done, you can take a step back and look at how things unfolded.”
Woods Richardson breezed through the first inning but gave up a three-run home run in the
second. He responded by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
“I gave up broken-bat single, which happens,” he said. “Then we gave up a double on a high
change-up. Then the guy made a great swing on a curveball. It’s all about how you can bounce
back, and I think I bounced back well, getting the two strikeouts and getting a zero the next
The fact that Woods Richardson has played for three organizations during the key years of his
development as a pro has only been complicated by the fact that he also has been taught three
different pitching philosophies.
“The Mets were old school, the Blue Jays were new school, and this is the happy median,” he
said. “I’ve seen all types of the spectrum. It’s nothing but experience. You can pick and choose
and put things in your catalog that you can pull from.”
Woods Richardson said he is comfortable with the way the Twins like their pitchers to pitch, and
appreciates the fact that there are a number of pitchers on the Saints’ roster who have major-
“I’m a sponge,” he said. “I use them as my library. (Jharel) Cotton, I talk to him after he gets
done pitching. (Brad) Peacock, whose been in a World Series. Talking to him, picking his brain.
Those are resources you can learn from.”
Chris Williams hit his fifth home in six games for the Saints. The catcher/first baseman had 18
homers with Wichita this season.