Richards, a power-pitching right-hander, made his major-league debut in 2011 in New York, against the Yankees. He lasted five innings, gave up six runs, and took the loss. But he says there was one good moment: "Striking out Derek Jeter." Despite that start, if there's one guy all the Angels expect to break out this year, it's Richards. "He's shown flashes of just pure talent," says Wilson. "I tell him all the time, he has the best pure stuff in the locker room." Richards likes to paint, and recently turned the garage of his off-season home in Oklahoma into an art studio. "I'm really into graffiti art and abstract paintings. My friend from high school puts on art shows, and we get a live band and a couple of kegs and just check out everyone's art."
Credit: Photograph by Michael Muller
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