Former Blue Jays prospect Woods Richardson set to make MLB debut with Twins

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Simeon Woods Richardson pitch against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Sunday, March 14, 2021, at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla. (Steve Nesius/CP)

The Minnesota Twins selected the contract of Simeon Woods Richardson and the right-handed pitcher is expected to make his first MLB start Sunday against Kansas City Royals.

Woods Richardson was drafted 48th overall by the New York Mets in 2018 and traded with Anthony Kay to the Toronto Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman a year later. After rising up to No. 4 in the franchise's prospect rankings, Woods Richardson was on the move again. Toronto sent Woods Richardson and fellow prospect Austin Martin for pitcher Jose Berrios ahead of the trade deadline on July 30, 2021.

The 22-year-old from Sugar Land, Tex., has split this season between double-A Wichita and triple-A St. Paul, with a combined 5-3 record, 2.77 ERA, 115 strikeouts and a 1.05 WHIP.

He captured a silver medal with Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Twins optioned right-handed pitcher Ronny Henriquez to free up a spot on the 28-man roster and transferred catcher Sandy Leon to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 60-man roster for Woods Richardson.

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