MLBbro Pitchers Jordan Hicks, Xzavion Curry and Simeon Woods Richardson Ready For the Spotlight?

MLBbro Pitchers Jordan Hicks, Xzavion Curry and Simeon Woods Richardson Ready For the Spotlight?

MLBbro.com has been very busy over the weekend focusing on the MLBbro pitchers no matter what the era. First the staff started with current events celebrating the comeback of Joe Ross winning his first game as a starter since 2021 with the Washington Nationals…

 

 

Then it was all hands-on deck to celebrate and honor MLBbro pitching icon Dwight “Doc” Gooden’s New York Mets jersey retirement. Gooden, fans and the Mets organization got to reminisce about not only one of the most dominant pitchers of all-time but the reuniting of the 86’ World Series championship team…

 

 

But what about the future MLBbro pitchers to follow in Doc Gooden’s footsteps? Three young pitching prospects have caught the attention of MLBbro.com with two of them going the route of Joe Ross entering a new era as a starter. While one is still in the minors working on his craft, don’t be surprised if he is not called up in the next month or so.  

 

MLBbro.com introduces the best kept secrets soon to explode on the mound like breaking balls…Jordan Hicks of the San Francisco Giants, Xzavion Curry of the Cleveland Guardians and finally Simeon Woods Richardson of the Minnesota Twins.

 

Jordan Hicks: 

 

This MLBbro pitcher is all about betting himself and following a dream of being a starting pitcher in the majors. Something he pursued in free agency before signing a four year, $44 million contract with the Giants in the offseason…

 

“My whole life, this has been my dream,” Hicks said. “I’m fully embracing this. I’m letting go of it. I’m excited to keep working on it and keep learning from everybody that has the experience.”

 

Over Hicks’ first five years, he was only known as a flame throwing right handed reliever out of the pen with only a few chances as a starter with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022. Despite the success in the bullpen, the Giants have already started Jordan’s transition from the bullpen to rotational starter which is not as easy as one would think.

 

The first step is changing speeds on his fastball. To pitch consistently late into starts, our MLBbro has been working on actually DIALING BACK on his fastball, something Giants manager Bob Melvin discussed via MLB.com…

 

“It’s relative pacing for him,” manager Bob Melvin said. “So maybe down from 105 to 99 or 100 or something like that. But I think he’s pretty aware, too, that he’s got a really good sinker. If he’s going to stay out there for a while, being economical in his pitches are going to be important and getting earlier-count outs.”

 

“Whereas when you come in as a reliever, a lot of times it’s all about missing bats and letting it all hang out for an inning or so. But I think he’s got the mindset right at this point.”

 

The foundation the Giants and our MLBbro started on is a work in process.

 

  • Hicks has only gone five innings ONCE in 212 career appearances…


  • His sinker is top notch and could induce ground balls for quick outs and setups for double plays while keeping the ball in the park…


  • Hicks also has a sweeper pitch averaging close to 87 mph that kept the hitters off balance in 2023.

 

MLBbro.com’s Gary Sheffield Jr. provides more on our MLBbro budding star here…

 

 

Xzavion Curry:

 

This MLBbro had his first start this week and showed up and out to the tune of going five innings while giving up only two hits. What’s even more impressive for Curry is that he recently just left the injured list for a viral illness and the game was scheduled in the morning. While most players would use these scenarios as an excuse, Xzavion Curry showed professionalism in being ready, something that impressed his manager Stephen Vogt…

 

 

“It’s tough to get the body going for an 11 a.m. game, Guardians manager Stephen Vogt said. “These guys are incredible to be able to do it. But for Xza, he was hungry for this start. We could have started this at 6 this morning and he would have been ready to go.”

 

“He came out and attacked and put guys away,” Vogt said. “It was beautiful.”

 

The key pitch that is in our MLBbro’s bag is the sinker that kept the Red Sox hitters out in front…

 

https://twitter.com/DoublePlayDre/status/1779916227785187715

 

A pitch Xzavion Curry has worked on for quite a while as he shared after the game…

 

“That’s the pitch that throughout the Minors, throughout my career that I’ve been really trying to hone in with,” he said. “When that pitch is going, it can help me play-off other pitches. To have it working today and locate that today really helped me. 

 

A 6-0 shutout while giving the bullpen rest after a long weekend helps his team as well.

 

Simeon Woods Richardson: 

 

The numbers game caught Simeon Woods Richardson as he was optioned back down to the Triple-A affiliate St. Paul Saints despite an impressive six inning start giving up only one run while striking out five in his first win as a pro dismissing the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on April 13.

 

 

One reason for the move may be that our MLBbro is currently adjusting his pitching mechanics by working on his arm angle bringing his delivery down from the over the top style previously used. This adjustment increased his fastball velocity to the mid 90’s which makes the Twins very confident that Woods Richardson can contribute real soon despite being sent to the minors…

 

“It gives you a lot of confidence in him and therefore gives you a lot of confidence in the state of what we have to work with,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It’s a 6-month regular season. I’m virtually certain we’re going to need Simeon again, if not for a long stretch, at some point this year.”

MLBbro.com’s Charles Nyonga covered Simeon’s potential in this “Take That” segment last year. 

 

 

It’s a long season that is just getting started. These MLBbro pitchers even though they are under the radar just starting out, watch out! They are coming with some professional stuff to help their teams become contenders. 

 

Simeon Woods Richardson Comes Up Aces In Start For Minnesota, But Minor League Elevator Continues

Simeon Woods Richardson Comes Up Aces In Start For Minnesota, But Minor League Elevator Continues

April 13, 2024 is a day Simeon Woods Richardson will never forget. The 23-year-old picked up the first win of his career as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-1, in the second game of a doubleheader.

 

Woods Richardson went six innings striking out five and surrendering one run. 

 

Our MLBbro might have pitched his way into a future role for the Twins this season. Despite being sent back down to Triple-A affiliate St. Paul Saints, the Twins were very impressive in his outing on Saturday.

 

Minnesota Twins Option Promising Young Hurler Simeon Woods Richardson To The Minors To Begin 2023 MLB Season

 

“It gives you a lot of confidence in him and therefore gives you a lot of confidence in the state of what we have to work with,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It’s a 6-month regular season. I’m virtually certain we’re going to need Simeon again, if not for a long stretch, at some point this year.”

 

This start for Woods Richardson was a complete turnaround from his last outing during the 2023 season.

 

He made his lone appearance of the season against the Washington Nationals in April and went four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a home run. It was not the outing he was looking for, but he made sure to make the most of his latest start in Detroit.

 

SWR Is Back On Track 

 

After his start on Saturday, Woods Richardson has made three appearances throughout his MLB career, with two starts and has a 1-1 record with a 4.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts through 15.2 innings of work.

MLBbro.com told you about his talent and potential last season on “Take That.”

 

 

To have a performance like the one he had against Detroit, after an abysmal one last season, just shows you how much confidence Woods Richardson has in himself. As a pitcher, there will be outings where nothing can seem to go your way. But it’s how you bounce back the next time and make the necessary adjustments.

 

Woods Richardson did not let his last start impact his performance against the Tigers, and as a result, he had a positive outcome.

 

The Texas native was traded to the Twins from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021. He made his MLB debut during the 2022 season when he started for the Twins against the Tigers on October 2. In that outing, he went five innings and gave up two earned runs as he suffered the loss in his MLB debut.

 

As Woods Richardson goes back to the minors, he will definitely use his last MLB start against Detroit as a confidence booster. We don’t know how long he’ll be in the minors, but he will certainly look to go out there and dominate every start. 

 

Hopefully we will get the opportunity to see Woods Richardson on the mound for the Twins sometime soon this season and let’s hope he’s on the team for an extended period of time.

 

It’s all about making the most of your opportunities and let’s see if our MLBbro can continue to do just that.

Minnesota Twins Option Promising Young Hurler Simeon Woods Richardson To The Minors To Begin 2023 MLB Season

Minnesota Twins Option Promising Young Hurler Simeon Woods Richardson To The Minors To Begin 2023 MLB Season

Coming into spring training the belief was Minnesota Twins pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson had a great shot at being on the team’s opening day roster. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound, 22-year-old posted a very respectable 2.21 ERA across seven starts at the Triple-A level and he had a memorable MLB debut in 2022, going five strong innings. 

 

Simeon Woods Richardson Was Quite Impressive In His MLBbro Debut For The Minnesota Twins

With the season set to begin on Thursday, the Twins opted to have Woods-Richardson continue to work on his craft at the minor league level. With Kenta Maeda, Pablo López, Tyler Mahle, Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober all ahead of Woods Richardson for a starting rotation spot, the best thing for him is to start off in the minors to get quality innings on the mound.
The St. Paul Saints Triple-A rotation will feature Woods Richardson and two other promising Twins pitching prospects in Bailey Ober and Louie Varland. Batters won’t enjoy facing these three at that level, which should bode well for Twins going forward.

Woods Richardson’s Journey Has Been Like A Movie

Currently ranked as the team’s No.7 overall prospect, Woods Richardson will be readying himself for when the Twins need a starter. His journey to this point has been anything but normal. Woods Richardson was traded twice before his 21st birthday going from the Mets to the Blue Jays as part of the Marcus Stroman deal in 2019.
And then the talented pitcher was moved again in 2021 from the Blue Jays to the Twins part of the Jose Berríos trade.
In all the young pitcher has taken it all in stride, but believes being in the “Twin Cities,” was destined.
Following a Mid-March outing against the Baltimore Orioles where he gave up a pair of runs in two innings, Woods Richardson reflected on his October call-up and how hard it is stay up there once you’re actually there.
“I think it was definitely fun for the family, I’d say. But I got back to work. I tried not to dwell on it too long even though I had a couple days out there,” Woods Richardson said. “Everybody’s knows it’s harder to stay up there than it is to get there. That’s all I’m trying to do day-by-day. Work on everything I need to work on to help the team win.”

Woods Got Anxiety Under Control

Considering the up-and-downs in his career, having a bit of anxiety isn’t all that shocking. But that anxiety was affecting his mechanics on the mound. In an effort to quell that, Woods Richardson began practicing meditation, breathing techniques and a better way to keep his emotions under control. Woods Richardson practices something called the 3-4-7 technique pregame, it’s from an app Breathwork.
Woods Richardson considers himself to be in a “calmer space,” since he began doing this.
“I’m not as ramped up and anxious and all that anymore,” he said. “You learn how to handle your emotions, learn breathing, learn how t control yourself, learn how to slow everything down and play your game, so I think that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Woods Richardson’s repertoire consists of four, go-to-pitches, his best two being a fastball, and an above-average changeup to keep hitters off-balance.