Bridgeport, CT - The Bridgeport Bluefish on Monday announced the signing of infielder Mike Richard. Richard joins the Bluefish for his first season in Bridgeport, second in the Atlantic League and eighth of professional baseball.
“Mike is an excellent addition to this club,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He’s a hard worker that gives us versatility in the infield.”
Richard played the majority of last season in the Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs after starting the year with the Newark Bears of the Can Am League. He played 43 of the 45 games that he appeared in 2013 with the Blue Crabs compiling a combined .259 batting average with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, and 10 RBI. The 29-year-old out of Prairie View A&M University began his career with the Oakland Athletics organization after being selected in the 11th round (360th overall) of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.
Mike spent his first professional season with the Vancouver Canadians of the short-season Class A Northwest League. After spending the next two and a half years in the A’s farm system, he reached as high as Double-A before signing with the Chicago White Sox organization during the 2010 season. He spent the rest of the year with Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem before finishing with Double-A Birmingham. The shortstop played the next two seasons in the Independent Can-Am League spending time with the Rockland Boulders, New Jersey Jackals and Newark Bears. In 487 career minor league games the Louisiana native owns a .275 batting average with seven home runs, 67 doubles, 284 runs scored, 133 RBI and 143 stolen bases.