Chicago Cubs: 10 pitchers to target as MLB trade deadline looms

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Chicago Cubs: 10 pitchers to target at the trade deadline: #2 – Simeon Woods Richardson

A little further up the list of top prospect arms we go as we land on #68 overall and number for for the Toronto Blue Jays, Simeon Woods Richardson. In 2019, the young hurler had a strong showing at the High-A level posting a 3-2 record and 2.54 ERA in six games.

After missing the 2020 season due to the minors not playing last year, Richardson was launched directly into Double-A ball this year for the Blue Jays affiliate, New Hampshire Fisher Cats. At least to this point, though, Richardson has yet to hit his mark. His current numbers are a bit underwhelming at 2-4 and an accompanying 5.76 ERA.

This is an arm that is interesting, if for no other reason, the potential ceiling Richardson possesses. Sometimes it takes longer to put it together than it does for others. Hopefully the Cubs can pry him away noting his struggles against him and help him right the ship sooner rather than later in Tennessee with the Smokies.

Simeon will be heading to Tokyo as he made the Olympic team and will represent Team USA in the 2021 Games. It will be an honor watching him perform and hopefully will come back with a huge boost of confidence to help propel him up the minor league ladder. I am personally am willing to take a shot here if I’m Hoyer and the price is right.

He is definitely worth targeting. When a player of his caliber has a recent stretch of poor showings, it seldom lasts long before he turns it around again. That is why the time to pounce is right now.