DETROIT — Simeon Woods Richardson, once a second-round draft pick, was traded twice — first from the Mets to the Blue Jays, then from the Blue Jays to the Twins — by the time he turned 21.
He won an Olympic silver medal before reaching that milestone birthday, too.
On the day he turned 22 — Sept. 27 — he got the news of a lifetime: He was headed to the big leagues.
Woods Richardson debuted on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Detroit, making him the youngest pitcher to crack the majors this season.
And while his start didn’t get off on the right foot — Twins fielders committed three errors in the first inning — the rookie settled in nicely as his start went along, throwing five innings and allowing just three hits in the Twins’ 5-2 loss to the Tigers in the series finale at Comerica Park.
Woods Richardson’s debut started inauspiciously. He walked the first batter of the game, Akil Baddoo, who promptly stole second and advanced on a throwing error by Ryan Jeffers. Baddoo scored after a grounder got past first baseman Jose Miranda, the team’s second gaffe of the inning.
A second run scored on a wild pitch. But Woods Richardson got out of the inning with a double play when Miguel Cabrera tried to tag up and was thrown out at the plate and dealt with far less trouble as his outing went on.
After allowing a solo home run to Eric Haase, Woods Richardson retired the seven of the next eight batters he faced to end off his outing. He finished the day at 91 pitches, capping a season that saw him rise all the way from Double-A Wichita to the majors.
The Twins, though, never led on Sunday, finishing the day with just three hits. They scored twice in the fifth inning after Carlos Correa drew a bases-loaded walk and Nick Gordon’s sacrifice fly plated Gilberto Celestino.