Thursday, February 18, 2010
2008 Just Minors Dustin Richardson
Who is this? Red Sox prospect Dustin Richardson
What is this? An autographed card from the 2008 Just Minors set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Richardson c/o his Arizona Fall League team and asked him to sign some cards. I got them back last week.
How much did it cost? This one was completely free. Richardson included it along with the ones I had originally sent.
Why is this so special? Richardson, 26, made his major league debut last September. He appeared in three games and didn't allow a run. He could compete for a bullpen role in 2010, but I think he'll probably open the season in Pawtucket.
Richardson is pictured with his 2007 club, the Carolina League Greenville Drive. He was still working as a starting pitcher, and he went 5-7 with a 3.34 ERA in 21 games. Just Minors was not licensed by Minor League Baseball in 2008, so they removed the cap logo from the photo. You'll be able to get a better look at the Greenville Drive uniform tomorrow.
Richardson probably won't win any penmanship awards, but he has a nice autograph that is fairly legible.