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Sunday, January 5, 2020
Ryan Richmond caught the eye of scouts in high school; Played four pro seasons, never made AA
Ryan Richmond caught the eye of scouts in high school while playing baseball. But he also played another sport at Bradley-Bourbonnais High - basketball.
He scored 15 points in a February 1986 Bradley-Bourbonnais loss and another 16 in a March 1987 regional win, according to newspaper accounts.
Richmond turned pro in his first sport as a pitcher directly out of Bradley-Bourbonnais. His pro baseball career lasted four seasons. He never made AA.
Richmond's baseball career began in 1987 as a 34th round selection by the Mets out of Bradley-Bourbonnais in Illinois. He was the school's fourth student ever to be selected in the draft.
He first hit the field for the Mets in 1988 at rookie Kingsport. He went 6-2 over 13 outings, 12 starts. He posted a 4.84 ERA and struck out 65.
Richmond moved to short-season Pittsfield for 1989. He went 8-4 there over 18 outings, 12 starts. He ended with a 3.62 ERA and 56 punch outs.
His final year in the Mets system came in 1990 at single-A Columbia. He had a 4.96 ERA over 22 outings 7 starts. He went 1-5, with two saves.
Richmond then pitched in eight final games in 1991 for single-A Charleston in the Padres system. He gave up 9 earned in 9.2 innings of work to end his career.