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He allowed three earned runs-or-less in 14 of his 16 starts, including each of his last 10, before undergoing Tommy John surgery in July (Dr. Neal ElAttrache). He also finished tied for third among American League starters in average fastball velocity (95.8 mph) with Tampa Bays Blake Snell, trailing only New Yorks Luis Severino (97.6) and Houstons Gerrit Cole (96.5). Originally selected by the Angels in the first round (42nd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, Richards has a 45-38 career record with a 3.54 ERA (293 ER, 744.2 IP), 11.1 WAR (FanGraphs), 1.25 WHIP and 645 strikeouts in 170 games (115 starts). In 19 career games against National League opponents (12 starts), the Riverside, Calif. native owns a 1.52 ERA (15 ER, 88.2 IP).